Visit Portsmouth Historic Market Square
Experience Life as It Was in the Last 300 Years at the Portsmouth Strawbery Banke Museum
Portsmouth, NH, is a small city on the east coast, approximately 55 miles north of Boston. The town was a historic seaport and has become a popular tourist haven for Bostonians and surrounding areas. There are many historical places to visit, or visitors can chill at local restaurants or brewpubs.
Portsmouth has a long and varied history. Native Americans have lived in the Portsmouth area for thousands of years. A gentleman named Martin Pring was the first to write about the area in 1603, while the first settlers arrived almost 30 years later in 1630. Fishing, lumber, and shipbuilding became the primary industry; however, the town was deemed a strategic military site due to being close to the ocean. Paul Revere rode by horseback to Portsmouth, warning that the British warships were on the way in 1774.
Today, an international airport is bringing thousands of tourists every year to visit and admire the city's colonial architecture, which is being preserved by the Historic District Commission. The city is considered a distinctive destination, with a historic downtown core, attracting many artists and tourists to cafes, restaurants, and shops in the Market Square and waterfront area.
Cubs, Services, and Activities in Portsmouth
Portsmouth is a vibrant community with many families, community, and civic groups assisting the city's citizens. There are approximately 119 organizations providing support to the city and specific groups. Several of the main groups include:
- Chamber of Commerce
- Health Groups
- United Way of the Greater Seacoast
- Habitat for Humanity
- Art Associations
- Historic Sites
There are approximately 113 groups listed in the chamber's website's arts, culture, and entertainment section. There are restaurants, theater productions, museums, film festivals, breweries, and historic locations to visit.
A full list of local clubs, art, culture, and entertainment associations can be found on the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce website. There are many attractions and activities to consider when visiting Portsmouth or perhaps going on a staycation in the city. Many residents are surprised about what they learn about their city. A few to consider are covered in the following paragraphs.
Strawbery Banke Museum
With over 30,000 artifacts, 32 historic buildings spread over 10 acres' in downtown Portsmouth, and the museum creates the atmosphere of what it was like to live and work in what was known as the Puddle Dock neighborhood. There are traditional crafts, several hands-on activities, and preservation programs. Stories by role players tell the audience about life over the past 300 years, making it as real as possible.
Market Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Market Square in the city center of Portsmouth is a favorite attraction. The small quaint streets, many local shops and restaurants, and nearby historic venues make this location a great starting off point. Many of the buildings lining the square were built in bygone eras adding character to your visit to the area.
Every year, the city hosts Market Square Day featuring live music, a 10k race, and many other festivities.
USS Albacore Museum
The museum is temporarily closed for the season, following health requirements. If you have not visited the museum in the past, add it to your list for a future visit. The Albacore was a research submarine used by the navy to test many top-secret experimental features currently in use on modern subs.
Visitors can enter the submarine and experience life on the sub.
- Look through the periscope,
- Enter the control room
- Visit the engineering space,
- Check out the bunkrooms
As part of your self guided tour, listen to crew members as they performed their duties while at sea.
Governor John Langdon House – 1784
Considered a National Historic Landmark, the home of Governor John Langdon, built in the 18th century, is an exceptional Georgian mansion with receiving rooms on a grand scale. The home conveys the story of the early days of the colony, Portsmouth, and the state of New Hampshire during the mercantile boom and Colonial Revival period. Beautiful gardens and a 100-foot arbor lead to a secluded pavilion.
Restaurants, Brew Pubs and Entertainment
There are many interesting historical venues to visit; however, once you have seen the museums, the theaters, and the historic homes, it is time to try out one of the many restaurants or brewpubs in the area, depending on your interest.
Labelle Winery, Cisco Brewers Portsmouth, Earth Eagle Brewing, Beara Brewing Co., Great Rhythm Brewing Company, Liar's Bench Beer Company, Red Hook Brewery, the Portsmouth Farmers Market, Tea and Apothecary, Portsmouth Bike & Brew, LLC are listed by travelers as some of the places visitors and locals may want to visit.
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