Warner House was built in 1716 - 18 and is the only surviving mansion along Daniel Street. Visits to the house are by guided tour only. The guides do a fantastic job and they really bring the house alive with their presentation of the history of the house. I found the wall murals which date back over 200 years to be of particular interest. Over the years furnishings have been returned to the house and this helps add to the story of the family who lived there for many generations.
The house is open Wednesdays - Mondays (closed Tuesdays) from 11:00am - 04:00pm. Admission is $5.00 and photography is permitted inside the house.
Market Square is a good starting point from which to explore the town of Portsmouth. There is a wide variety shops, coffee houses and restaurants most of which are independent local traders. There are shops to suit all levels of budget and plenty of variety in terms of what to buy.
North Church dominates the one side of the Square and, as it can be seen from almost anywhere in the town, it provides a good visual reference as to where you are.
Overall, it is easy to spend a few pleasant hours either just wandering and enjoying the atmosphere in this pleasant town or shopping.
This is an outdoor museum that is spread over a large area in the south end of Portsmouth. All of the houses are in their original locations with the exception of one, the Goodwin Mansion which was brought here from elsewhere in Portsmouth after it was saved. You are given a map of the museum and take a self-guided tour. Some of the buildings are private residences but the majority are open and the volunteers in each are knowledgeable and make the buildings come alive. I particularly enjoyed the Pitt Tavern, the top two floors of which are maintained by the Freemasons who meet there. It is easy to spend the whole day here.
There was also a very good exhibition on the brewing industry in Portsmouth.
Admission is $17.50 for adults. The museum is open daily from 09:00am to 05:00pm
The house is set in picturesque gardens and overlooks the Piscataqua River. I was lucky enough to be in Portsmouth on one of the days that had been added on to the season. You can only tour the house as part of a guided tour which is both informative and interesting. Photography is not permitted inside the house but you can take pictures in the gardens which you are free to wander around once the house tour has ended.
Open Monday to Saturday 11:00am to 05:00pm. Open Sundays 01:00pm to 05:00pm. Admission $6.00.
It was established in 1817 and has been a reference library for those years since. It is one of around 20 left in the US They have 40,000 volumes of books and information. It still has a lot of "old time feel" in the interior, and has exhibits at times.
It is located at the peninsula of the Piscataqua River and protected the Portsmouth/Kittery area along with Fort Constitution, a picture below,which was across the river inlet. some sort of defense fort has sttod here since 1715. This fort is from 1808, and the blockhouse was added 1844. In the War of 1812, it was a reliable defensive position, and again in the Civil War. Taken out of service in 1918, and the State of Maine got control of the site and the blockhouse was renovated in 1987. Fee is $2 donation. Open 10-5 daily. The view is great.
A living history museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the STRAWBERRY BANKE MUSEUM recreates life from the 1600's to the 1950's through its restored houses, featured exhibits and its landscapes & Gardens. Strawberry Banke Museum tells the stories of the many generations who settled in the Portsmouth Puddle Dock section, New Hampshire's oldest waterfront neighbourhood.
The 10-acre site, has more than 40 buildings, including 10 furnished houses.
May through October, 7 days a week 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Youth (5 - 17) $10.00
4 and under free
Strawberry Banke is similar to Williamsburg (VA), with historical buildings, a museum and daily guided tours. Portsmouth was settled in 1623 and it is one of the earliest european settlements in America.
One of the best ways to see Portsmouth, and learn about its history, is to take one of the narrated harbor tours. See the naval shipyard, the ships in the harbor, and the old Navy prison (no longer in use). This prison was featured in the movie The Last Detail, with Jack Nicholson.
I'm happy to see info on Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse posted here, but I want to update a few things. The open houses in 2010 are every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. There are also wonderful scenic cruises every Tuesday evening, occasional special "haunted" nighttime walking tours, and more. Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse also now cares for Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery, Maine; see www.whalebacklighthouse.org.
Prescott Park is the popular attraction in Portsmouth during the summer. The park hosts the Arts Festival during July and August. Musical, Art and Theatre products take place in the park such as Oliver, Beauty and The Beast and the Wizard of Oz. The park also boasts some beautiful flowers in the spring and summer.
The park was donated to the city by two sisters Josie and Sarah Prescott for the enjoyment of the citizens.
Market Square is the center of activity in Portsmouth. Various shops, cafes, restuarants and activity is in the square. Everytime we visit Portsmouth Market Square is full of people shopping, enjoying coffee, people watching, catching some transport or just enjoying life.
I am a bit of a Bridge Geek...... The Memorial Bridge connects Portsmouth to Kittery Maine. The bridge sopans across the Piscataqua River. The bridge accoodates both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. In the summer the bridge goes up at least twice an hour to accomodate boats sailing on the river.
The North Church is a dominant landmark in Portsmouth....just look up and you're bound to see it from just about any point in Portsmouth. The church is located in the heart of Market Square and was built in 1854.
During my last visit to Portsmouth, I took one of those tourist cruises to check out the lighthouses. While we were cruising from point to point, I noticed many people out sailing. I have to admit, I am a sucker for any kind of boat with sails, but on this day the winds were blowing just right and the waters were not very choppy. This looks like a very fun way to spend the day.