SArah Orne Jewett was a writer and steeped in hsitory from this area. Built in 1774 for s sea captain. Jewet bought in 1819, and still had likved here to early 1900's-she was OLD then.
The area has many older structures that are reminescent of the old times when this was a thriving community.
Not really off the beaten path is Prescott Park, near Strawbery Banke and the waterfront of Portsmouth. It's just a nice green space with some manicured gardens.