Friday, August 31, 2018

History Buffs Tour The Hubbard Varney Mansion in Manchester, New Hampshire

The Hubbard Varney house last night

Hubbard Varney House, photo from the Manchester Historic Association

Built in 1867 by Thomas Russell Hubbard, this Italianate Villa is for sale in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Last night, the generous owner of this lovely home gave a tour to several members of the local history group “All About Manchester; Manchester, NH Old and New” from Facebook.  The owners have lived here in this house for 17 years and have lovingly restored it.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it also won the Preservation Award from the Manchester Historic Association.

The house was owned by the former Mayor of Manchester, David Varney through the 1800s, and the music teachers George and Sophie Gerassi in the 1900s.  There have only been four owners of this historic property.

Not only did the owner of this house give us a great tour, including all the nooks and crannies in the attic, hidden store rooms, crawl spaces, and the turret, but he gave us all the details on the restoration which included such specific minutia as milling replacement trim for the interior from trees from the same forest as the original woodwork so it would match.  Or hiring a museum specialist to advise the exterior color scheme. For a bunch of history buffs, this was a thrilling tour!

The former music room

The music room as it looked when the Gerassi family lived here

The Dining Room 2018

The Gerassi family dining room

The owners have a collection of newsclippings, letters, photographs
and other ephemera related to their 1867 house
This bed and some of the other furniture is original to the house.

The attic is a fantastic playroom for kids, with several
hidden storage areas and secret access to space between the floors

A view of the Ash Street School from a third floor window

The fourth floor turret 

Are you interested in living in a house like this? Contact the Realtor Keller Williams Realty Metro at 603-232-8282

If you love the history of Manchester, New Hampshire, please join the Facebook group "All About Manchester: Manchester, NH Old and New"  at this link:

More for the truly curious:

A very cool virtual tour:

A regular video of this property:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "History Buffs Tour The Hubbard Varney Mansion in Manchester, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 31, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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