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Nearby Attractions, Restaurants, and Things to Do
             

Downtown Portsmouth is very walk-able.  To see a walking map, click here:  Portsmouth Walking Map.  There are also regional events, such as the Tall Ships in the summer.  To see a list of what is upcoming, a good place is: www.visitnh.gov.
Here is a list of historical places in downtown Portsmouth.

1.  Market Square & North Church
The heart of Portsmouth is undoubtedly the picturesque Market Square, set beneath the dominating white spire of the North Church. Within a few steps of the square are open-air cafes, colorful storefront and New England art galleries.  Once a military training site, Market Square retains the feel of a bustling port with historic buildings filled with youthful energy, numerous museums and historic houses side by side with lobster rolls and banjo-playing buskers entertaining on a corner on warm summer nights.  Or take a romantic stroll down one f the many alleys in the fall when the fog rolls in and the street laterns catch people ducking into quiant restaurants.  The 1854 North Church flanks the southwest side of the square.  A plaque nearby shows where the State House once stood, torn down in 1800. Website: www.nhtourguide.com

2. Strawbery Banke
Colonial buildings are scattered all over Portsmouth, but nothing compares to the collection of 37-40 meticulously restored and maintained old wooded historical buildings at Strawbery Banke.  The area began life as the home of wealthy shipbuilders but devolved into the pen of drunken sailors, pirates and red-light district going's-on.  Restoration began in 1958 with the removal of all new buildings to create a true historic experience, with original homes from the 1690s.  Costumed guides recount tales and make the place come alive, for example on how the place got it's name from the riverbanks reddened with fruit.  Admission is good for two days. 
Website:  www.strawberybanke.org

3.  Prescott Park

"Prescott Park is located in Portsmouth, NH, on the banks of the Piscataqua River, about 6 blocks from downtown and the Market Square. The Park grounds are comprised of over ten acres of riverside lawns, gardens and walkways, three boardwalk piers, two public docking areas with space for up to 26 vessels, and an island with picnic tables, shelters and grills. Prescott Park is open to the public year-round.

No fee is charged to enter the Park, enjoy the gardens, or use the picnic facilities on Four Tree Island. However, there is a fee for using the docking facilities, as well as for wedding or civil ceremonies held in the Park." [description and pic from www.prescottparknh.org]
Website for Art's Festival:
www.prescottpark.org


4. Albacore Park
"The Auxiliary General Submarine (AGSS) Albacore holds a place in history as the first Navy-designed vessel with a true underwater hull of cylindrical shape that has become the standard for today's submarines worldwide...At the site there are a series of five outdoor podiums and panels with push buttons that are part of a self-guided audio tour. An additional eleven audio sites continue the tour inside Albacore. The narratives relate not only interesting facts about the boat but also include comments by former crew members of incidents that occurred while they were on board.  Albacore provides a unique opportunity to see where a crew of 55 worked and lived. You will see some of the unusual features of this prototype submarine and hear some of the experiences of her crew."
Website: www.ussalbacore.org

5. John Paul Jones House
Built in 1758, this Georgian house was where John Paul Jones boarded in 1777 while his ships were outfitted in the Langdon shipyards.  John Paul Jones was the US's first great naval commander, who uttered the famous "I have not yet begun to fight" during a bloody battle iwth the Brittish.  Now it's home to the Portsmouth Historical Society, where on display are furniture, costumes, glass, guns, portraits, and documents from the late 18th century. The collection specializes in textiles, particularly some extraordinary embroidery samplers from the early 19th century.
Website:  www.portsmouthhistory.org

6. Warner House
Built for a local merchant Captain Archibald MacPhaedris in 1716, this was the first brick house constructed in the state.  It contains New Hampshire's oldest murals, painted on the staircase wall, which depict some of the earliest known images of Native Americans.  Additionally, Benjamin Franklin is said to have installed the lighting rod on the west wall.  Guided tours are offered at no charge taken as a first-come first serve basis.  The entire house is furnished with different rooms as different periods of time.
Web site: www.warnerhouse.org 






Market Square & Market Street


Strawbery Banke




Prescott Park



Albacore Park


John Paul Jones House



Warner House
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