You’ll often see Tall Ships tucked into Portsmouth Harbor during the warmer months when they strut their stuff along the Atlantic coast. Picturesque tugboats ply their trade in the working harbor along with fishing and lobster boats and our very own gundalows, a traditional sailing barge designed in colonial times to navigate our clay bottomed rivers even when the wide-ranging local tides are low.
There’s nothing in the world like being out on the New England coastal waters, and Portsmouth offers many opportunities:
Although we locals never boast about it, Portsmouth is one of the oldest cities in the country, established in 1623, just three years after the Mayflower landed and before the founding of better-known historical sites such as Salem, Massachusetts. Beautiful Prescott Park has the flagpole where the historical flag “Taxation without Representation is Tyranny” was run up to help incite our country’s fight for independence from the British. The first insurrection of the colonies was at the old Fort William and Mary, now called Fort Constitution, in the charming town of New Castle, an island attached to the mainland by causeway. Another famous landmark on the island is the grand old hotel Wentworth By The Sea, with gorgeous views overlooking the water, the harbor entrance and the Wentworth Marina. Across the street from the glorious gardens of Prescott Park is the Strawberry Banke Museum, a do-not-miss in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, NH. It is an authentic marvelous complex of old colonial homes and buildings in a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing to life over 300 years of American history in this waterfront neighborhood. The museum has eight heritage gardens, 32 historic buildings, and traditional crafts, preservation programs, and hands-on activities; the stories told by costumed role-players and changing exhibits offer hours of fun and discovery. There are also many small homes in the area that can be viewed for a small fee.
View Video – a 15 minute quick history of Portsmouth, NH
More of Portsmouth’s history is found on Chestnut Street. The Portsmouth African Burying Ground, one of the oldest black American burying grounds in the country, was just recently renovated and honored.
Other theatres in the downtown area include:
Portsmouth is home to many galleries in the downtown area. They are:
More information on downtown Portsmouth galleries can be found here. Also, check out the:
Portsmouth is home to many great ones. Many are farm to table, locally sourcing seafood, land animals, vegetables, mushrooms, wines and beers.
Some of my favorites are:
Other favorites are:
All the restaurants on Bow St. have great views of the harbor. Lise’s favorite for groups with mixed budgets is the Riverhouse.
Vegetarian Options (Good)
Many boutiques featuring the Seacoast’s finest artists are on Market Street, which leads right onto Market Square, considered to be Portsmouth ground zero by many. Street musicians often brighten the square, dotted with a few cafes. (We all bypass Starbucks for the local hang outs like:
— Gundalow sailing in Portsmouth Harbor by David J. Murray
--- Welcome to Portsmouth granite sign by Billy Hathorn from Wikipedia Commons
— Rainy night in Portsmouth by Greg Kretschmar Photography
— Portsmouth from the South End by Greg Kretschmar Photography
About the Author:
Holly O. Harris, Latin America Business Development
Holly heads EarthShift Global’s Latin American Business Development. She has represented EarthShift Global at conferences including CILCA 2015 and 2017, the International Conferences on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America, where she has co-authored papers, unveiled the Spanish-language version of EarthSmart, and helped conduct training sessions. She is a key participant in EarthShift Global’s Latin American Pathways Challenge Network, which is developing Sustainability ROI data for a support program for small and medium-sized businesses, with funding from the U.S. Department of State and the World Environment Center.
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