The economic and commercial center of Portsmouth since the mid-1700s.
A National Historic Landmark, the Moffatt-Ladd House is one of America's finest Georgian mansions, built for merchant John Moffatt between 1760 and 1763. The grounds also feature one of the region's finest gardens.
For centuries, sailing barges connected up-river Seacoast to Portsmouth. The last of these "gundalows" disappeared decades ago, but a Seacoast nonprofit offers educational programs, tours and sailing trips aboard a full-scale replica, the Piscataqua.
Portsmouth has been home to Africans and African-Americans for more than 350 years. The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail visits places where black residents lived, worked, prayed and celebrated over the centuries.