The site of the New Hampshire Treasury during the American Revolution, this museum is home to an original broadside of the Declaration of Independence and early drafts of the U.S. Constitution.
Discover Portsmouth is a central gateway to the historical, cultural and artistic sites and venues around greater Portsmouth. Open April 1 thru December 23.
Built in the 1700s as Fort William and Mary, Fort Constitution was the subject of Paul Revere's first ride and, some say, the first overt act of the Revolutionary War. The fort is not staffed, nor are there brochures or other information available. Access is through a short walk across the Coast Guard station parking lot.
Named for Major Andrew McClary, who died at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Fort McClary is an historic military site that protected the Piscataqua River...
The Gilman Family, owners of lucrative sawmills in Exeter, built a garrison, or fortified structure, near the banks of the Squamscot River in 1709.
The Gov. John Langdon House is an exceptional Georgian mansion which George Washington thought of as the best in Portsmouth. Its reception rooms are of a grand scale suited to ceremonial occasions and are ornamented by elaborate wood carving in the Rococo style.
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.
A National Historic Landmark, Hamilton House is recognized as one of the region's quintessential Colonial Revival-style country estates.
The oldest surviving wood frame house in New Hampshire and Maine, Jackson House was built by Richard Jackson in 1664.
Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones stayed at the home at Court and Middle streets in Portsmouth in 1777 while his ship "The Ranger" was being built. Today the house is a museum focusing on Jones' life and the Revolutionary War.
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.
Buildings showing life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Web site
Experience local legends, lore and mystery. Tales of folklore, ghosts and mysterious history with author and historian Roxie Zwicker. New Hampshire's only ghost tour.
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.
Tours run from May 7-September 3. Unless otherwise noted, all tours begin Saturdays at 2pm at the Liberty Flag Pole on Marcy Street across from...
Portsmouth boasts 400 years of history, culture, architecture, and scenic beauty, and you can see it all along the Portsmouth Harbour Trail.
The Rundlet-May House shows four generations of family possessions and taste, ranging from original 1807 wall coverings and furniture to twentieth-century additions by the Rundlets’...
The 19th century writer Sarah Orne Jewett spent much of her life in a stately Georgian residence in South Berwick that was built in 1774. Today the house is maintained by Historic New England.
Strawbery Banke Museum illustrates the lives of historic New Englander with restored homes from four centuries and working artisans.
Settled in 1623, Dover is the oldest continuous settlement in New Hampshire and seventh oldest in the United States. Stroll down the Central Avenue Business District while learning about the rise and fall of the textile industry, "Dover's Black Day," and notable visitors and residents of Dover's past.
Perhaps the finest brick residence of the first quarter of the eighteenth century left in New England.
Built at the edge of the Piscataqua River in 1760, the Wentworth-Gardner House has been called "the most perfect specimen of Georgian architecture in this country."
Dover's Woodman Institute offers an eclectic collection of natural science, local early history, and art. On display are rocks and minerals, butterflies, stuffed animals, Native American items, early furniture and artifacts from the Civil War, as well as an original 1675 fortified garrison house.