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Walking Tour: The Portsmouth Path of President Washington

Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

President and Mrs. Washington visited Portsmouth for four days in the fall of 1789 as part of the President’s tour of the northern states six months after his inauguration. During your 90-minute walk, you will follow the route of the President down Congress Street to the site of the former British State House in Market Square where he addressed the citizens of Portsmouth.

Other locations visited:

Site of Brewster’s Tavern where the Washingtons slept

Governor John Langdon House where the Washingtons had tea and attended a piano concert.

Sites of two churches where the President worshipped—both on the same day!

Portsmouth waterfront where President and Mrs. Washington enjoyed barge cruise.

Childhood home of Tobias Lear, Washington’s private secretary from 1783-1799.

Pitt Tavern where the President participated in a Masonic service.

This walking tour begins at Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center and ends in Market Square.