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Portsmouth Travel Guide: 283 reviews and 1,384 photos

Depicting the begininng of our country's time

With a current day population of 21,000, this medium sized town is rather quaint and easy to manuever around to see the sites. There is also shopping in entrepreneurial specialties, and the walking to see first hand the wonderful buildings and preservation is the key item of why you are here, I hope. It has been said this town is the 3rd oldest, and has been a prime seaport for years, starting arounf 1640's. They also were a large shipbuilding port for a century, or so

The bay is serene and peaceful

The bay is the -anchor,so to speak of the town. It had been an active seaport and ship building town until the demand from mill towns wained and the fish were depleted. Situated on the Piscataqua River helped move goods to the port. The town carried on with a Navy yard close by in Kittery and took some time, but converted to, of all things a tourist town.

Federal, Colonial and Georgian Styles

The variety of the style of homes impressed me, as well as the great preservation that the town and its people did to keep the community looking as if it came back from the mid 1700-1800's.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Many fine homes to tour and buildings plus shopping
  • Cons:Not too much I can recite as dislikes-maybe tourists
  • In a nutshell:This is a nice town that has gone into renovation to peak
  • Last visit to Portsmouth: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Wow looks like a great place to visit , way different to the Portsmouth in England which I know so well and the home of Nelsons flag ship Victory. Thanks for sharing.

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    I learned to ski on Sugar Mountain!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    What a comprehensive coverage of Portsmouth. I especially like the Old Time Diner, Hamilton House, and Strawberry Bank and Park.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Gotta love Portsmouth. We attended a big VT Meet there in September 2007 and we also stayed at the Motel 6 -great location.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    not too far a long weekend for us, so thanks for tips ;-)))

  • Rich62's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    We will be visiting Portsmouth in September (from Nebraska) so we really enjoyed your informative pages. Thanks much.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Hello, Bruce! Thanx for your virtual tour!

  • dengram's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    these maps are great used a few in class teaching already

  • bandit76's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    looks picturesque. wish I could be there now!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Glad you enjoyed Strawberry Banke. We were there in off season and vowed to return, but haven't yet. It's a fabulous collection of early architecture.


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