PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Distinctive Destination
National Geographic Traveler, #6 Authentic Historic Place in US
Coastal Living Magazine, Best Seaside Town"
US Department of the Interior, Preservation Community
Founded in 1623 and one of the oldest seaports in America, Portsmouth is "the crown jewel" of the New Hampshire seacoast. The state's only marine port, located on the fast-flowing Piscataqua River, Portsmouth is just four miles up-river from the Atlantic Ocean and offers the delightful contrast of the busy working port and an abundance of art, history, and culture.
Portsmouth boasts 400 years of history, culture, architecture and scenic beauty. The Harbor Guide and the portal GoPortsmouthNH.com created by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce are ideal ways to begin your exploration of this pedestrian-friendly city.
Or join one of Portsmouth's many other walking, van, bicycle or boat tours and let the knowledgeable guides highlight the historic homes, working waterfront, colorful Prescott Park, vibrant Market Square, and more. Learn about the brewers and politicians, fishermen and revolutionaries, who made Portsmouth the talk of the nation in their day. Learn how diplomats from around the globe made peace here while others simply came to paint, write, or play their music. Visitors will find that the people who were born here, worked here, or moved here over the past three centuries - like John Paul Jones, William Whipple, and Celia Thaxter - weave a colorful cultural tapestry. Portsmouth was and still is, a town full of characters.
Visit the Discover Portsmouth Center, the Portsmouth Historical Society's gateway to Portsmouth arts, culture, and history, a cultural visitor's center where information and exhibits about all the museums, historic homes, land and water tours, and performances in local theaters are available for free. Watch the short, award-winning film, "Welcome to Historic Portsmouth," chart your day with free maps and insiders' tips, and explore views of Portsmouth landmarks, the arts of the past and present, and the Seacoast African American Cultural Center.
Strawbery Banke Museum is a member of the Portsmouth Historic Sites Association and encourages you to visit other historic sites and houses during your stay. Ask for a PHHA Passport to receive discounted admission at each site.
Warner House, 150 Daniel Street,
Wentworth-Lear Historic Houses, 50 Mechanic Street,
Wentworth Coolidge Mansion, 375 Little Harbor Road,
John Paul Jones House Museum, 43 Middle Street,
Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street,
Moffatt-Ladd House & Gardens, 154 Market Street,
Governor John Langdon House, Rundlett May House, and Jackson House,
USS Albacore and US Navy Submarine Memorial Park, 600 Market Street
The Gundalow Company, 60 Marcy Street
Portsmouth's African-American history dates back more than 350 years. The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, part of the Portsmouth Historical Society, takes visitors on a self-guided tour of 24 sites, beginning at Strawbery Banke with the four sites on the grounds and perimeter of the museum. Learn where and how Portsmouth's early black residents lived, worked, prayed, and celebrated. The Trail includes the Portsmouth African Burying Ground and Memorial Park, "We Stand in Honor of Those Forgotten."