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Settled in 1623 as Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth became a prosperous port before the Revolutionary War, and, like similarly wealthy Newport, Rhode Island, it harbored many Tory sympathizers throughout the campaign. Filled with grand residential architecture spanning the 18th through early 20th centuries, this city of 23,000 has many house museums, including the collection of 40-plus buildings that make up the Strawbery Banke Museum. With hip eateries, quirky shops, swank cocktail bars, respected theaters, and jumping live-music venues, this sheltered harbor city is a hot destination. Downtown, especially around elegant Market Square, buzzes with conviviality.
Portsmouth at a Glance
- Albacore Park
- Fort Constitution Historic Site
- Great Bay Estuarine National Research Reserve
- Isles of Shoals
- John Paul Jones House
- Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden
- Music Hall
- Players' Ring
- Pontine Movement Theatre
- Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
- Prescott Park Arts Festival
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