2nd Annual Tweed Ride to Benefit Wentworth Lear Historic Houses

The second annual Portsmouth Tweed Ride on Saturday, October 25th at 2:00 p.m. will benefit Wentworth Lear Historic Houses. This leisurely, fall, bicycle ride around Portsmouth is hosted by Old as Adam Antiques & Vintage Haberdashery, as well as the Swell Society: A 20th Century Social Club. All ages are welcome to ride, and participants are encouraged to don their finest fall sporting attire for the event. Registration consists of a $15 donation to Wentworth Lear Historic Houses to be made via cash, or check. Participants receive a nifty pin, a walkthrough of the Wentworth Gardner Mansion, and a pass for a free tasting and sipping tour of the city.

This event is weather dependent. Please check Swell Society’s Facebook page for event details and weather updates at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/swellsociety/.

"Proper" attire, or a vintage bike is not required. Although, it's easy to put together a snappy outfit (vintage or not). Pedal-powered vehicles of all stripes are welcome!

Tweeds should plan to gather at Papa Wheelies (653 Islington St., Portsmouth) at 2:00 pm. Papa Wheelies will be offering free safety checks and discounted bike rentals to kick-off the event. Participants are also welcome to indulge in a complimentary tea, or coffee at White Heron Tea and Coffee Café (601 Islington St.) while riders complete their registration.

The ride itself is roughly five miles. Tweeds will first pedal to Market Square for a group photograph and to indulge in a beverage at Book & Bar. Those desirous of a shorter ride may continue directly to the Wentworth Gardner Mansion at 50 Mechanic Street. The other Tweeds will pedal over the bridge for a brief visit to Maine before cycling to Wentworth Lear Historic House for the post-party where prizes will be offered by one of Portsmouth’s hippest shops ---- Off Piste.

Once at the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses, Tweeds are invited to gather on the lawn and in the warehouse for seafood chowder provided by Geno's, sweets by Ceres Bakery, and more. Participants can also tour the Wentworth Lear Historic House for the first hour of the post-party. Afterwards, Tweeds may retire to the Press Room for $2 pints of Smuttynose.

So don your tweed cap, polish up the Raleigh, and ride with the Swell Society on October 25 to benefit Wentworth Lear Historic Houses!

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Located in the historic South End of Portsmouth, NH, the adjacent Wentworth-Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses and their mid-18th century warehouse overlook the Piscataqua River. The houses date from the mid-1700s and are classic examples of Georgian architecture. Tours are given to the public, from June through October each year.

The mission of the Wentworth-Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses Association is to preserve and enhance its structures, collections, and grounds, and contribute to the vitality of the community through education and outreach.

The Wentworth-Gardner House is also available for wedding photography. If you are interested in having your wedding photos taken at this lovely historic house, please visit our wedding page for more information.

For more information on touring the houses or having your wedding photos taken here, please click on the links above or contact us directly. We look forward to your visit!