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Of the gracious maritime towns along the New England coast, Portsmouth is one of the prettiest and most interesting.




Portsmouth, New Hampshire, just across the Piscataqua River from Kittery ME, is a nice mix of art and commerce, history and modernity—with lots of great restaurants for dining.

Historic architecture is a strong point. In fact, it would not be far-fetched to say that Portsmouth itself is a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century American architecture, from the historic houses of Strawbery Banke to the red-brick row buildings of Bow Street and the merry arcitectural mix of Market Square.

Market Square, the intersection of Market, Pleasant, Daniel and Congress streets, is the very center of Portsmouth, with a Visitors Information kiosk open in the warm months.

Plan to spend at least an hour strolling Market, Pleasant, Daniel, Penhallow and other downtown streets, peering in shop windows, relaxing in a cafe, tavern or restaurant. And don't miss little Commercial Alley, between Market and Penhallow, with its bookshop, jewelllery store and shady little sidewalk cafe.

The US Navy was—and is—a major presence here at the mouth of the Piscataqua, from the time Commodore John Paul Jones lived here while outfitting the barque Ranger to prey on King George III's ships during the Revolutionary War.

You can see a lot of Navy history from Prescott Park, which overlooks the mouth of the Piscataqua and impressive Memorial Bridge, a towering drawbridge built to honor the American soldiers and sailors who served during World War I.

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Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth NH

Above, 18th-century houses at Strawbery Banke.
Below, 19th-century buildings along Market Street.

Market St, Portsmouth NH

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