Walking Guide & Map

Now Available for Purchase!

Walking Guide and Map of Historic Portsmouth New Hampshire--New Hampshire’s Oldest City and Colonial Capital

We have had many requests for a detailed guide to the historic sites in Portsmouth that are not usually seen on a driving tour. We created this guide to give the visitor a street level view of historic Portsmouth that they can see at their own pace. 

This 15-page, easy-to-use guide and map features 39 sites with descriptions and pictures. All sites are easy walking distances within downtown Portsmouth and the waterfront. This walking guide will provide visitors with a great overview and understanding of Portsmouth's interesting history. Get your copy today!

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Hampshire Heritage 
Tours, LLC

Brief History of Portsmouth

The first English settlers came to Portsmouth in 1623.  From the late 1600s until the early 1800s, Portsmouth was a thriving port.  This trade generated considerable wealth that allowed merchants and ship captains to build the mansions that can still be seen today.

Portsmouth was the capital of the Royal Colony of New Hampshire from 1679 until the early years of the Revolution.  Many Portsmouth citizens actively participated in the Revolution and made important contributions to the founding of the country.  Delegates to the Continental and Constitutional Conventions and a signer of the Declaration of Independence were from Portsmouth. 

After the Civil War, the city became a major brewing center and in the 1950’s historic building rehabilitation programs were created and the Strawbery Banke Museum was established.

Today, Portsmouth is a cultural and artistic center as well as a popular destination for visitors from around the world.