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Think of this page as a Portsmouth time machine. Scroll down through four centuries of events that shaped the Seacoast. We've pulled a few favorites from hundreds of articles in the HISTORY section. But hurry. Time is short.


  10,000 BC Native Americans Occupy the Seacoast

1004 Vikings May Visit, But No Evidence

 John Smith 1600s Colonial Era

1603 Martin Pring Records First European Contact

1614John Smith Visits the Piscataqua

1623 David & Amias Thompson Found NH

1630 Strawbery Banke Settled

1645 First African American Slave in Portsmouth

1660Townsmen Divide Up the Land

1678 List of All Portsmouth "Tythingmen"

1682 Rock Throwing Devil & Witchcraft

1690 HMS Falkland Kicks off Shipbuilding History

1696 Indian Attack on "The Plains"

John Langdon

John Paul Jones

1700s Revolutionary Era

1739 Ruth Blay Executed in Portsmouth

1741 Benning Wentworth Becomes NH Colony Governor

1745 4,000 Yankees Attack Canada at Louisbourg

1756 NH Gazette First Published

1761 Flying Yankee Stage Coach to Boston

1765 Stamp Act Agent Run Out of Town

1774 Raid on Fort William & Mary

1775 NH Fights at Bunker Hill
1775 William Whipple Signs Declaration

1776 Portsmouth Men Sign Loyalty Oath

1777 John Paul Jones Depart for France in Ranger
1777 George Fishley Joins the Revolution

1782 Murder in Frenchman's Lane

1786 The Riot of 1786
1786 Tobias Lear Appointed Washington's Secretary

1789 George Washington Visits Portsmouth

1796 Ona Judge Staines Escapes to Freedom

1798 Yellow Fever Strikes the

Daniel Webster

Celia Thaxter

Frank Jones
1800s Industrial Era

1800 America's First Private Federal Shipyard Opens

1801 John Langdon First NH President

1803 Daniel Webster Moves to Portsmouth

1808 Artist Thomas P. Moses Born

1809 Fort Consitution Explodes

1812 Isaac Hull Defeinds City from British

1813 Third Devastating Downtown Fire

1823 First Historical Celebration

1835 Celia Thaxter Born in Portsmouth

1836 Original NH State House Torn Down

1845 Shipyard Workers First Strike

1847 Unitarian Protests Mexican War

1848 Portsmouth Whaling Era Sinks

1855 First US Naval Photos Show "Old Ironsides" Here

1856 President Franklin Pierce Visits

1860 Celia Thaxter publishes "Land-locked"

1862 Frederick Douglas Gives Lecture

1864 USS Kearsage Defeats Alabama in Civil War

1869 Charles Brewster's "Rambles" Published
1869 "Story of a Bad Boy" Published

1873 Smuttynose Murderer Flees Portsmouth

1874 Wentworth-by-the-Sea Opens Big Hotel Era

1876 1st Portsmouth Tourist Guide by Sarah Haven Foster

1888 Civil War Monuments Dedicated

1895 'Old Town by the Sea' Published

Portsmouth Madam

Betty and Barney Hill

Naval Yard patch
1900s Modern Era

1902 Ale Tycoon Frank Jones Dies

1905 "Treaty of Portsmouth" Signed Here
1905 Henderson's Point Blown Up

1907 Mark Twain Dedicates 1st Historic Museum

1912 Red Light District Closes

1920 Portsmouth Historical Society Opens

1923 Memorial Bridge Links Kittery & Portsmouth

1939 Squalus Submarine Disaster

1945 WW2 German U-Boats Surrender Here

1949 "Lost Boundaries" Filmed in Portsmouth

1961 Betty Hill First Alien Abductee

1969 Urban Renewal Takes "Little Italy"

1974 Aristotle Onassis Refinery Flops

1975 Emilio's Market Opens

1980 Market Square Renovation Rolling

1985 USS Albacore from Sea to Land

1997 Comes Online

1998 375th Anniversary Celebration
1998 Esther Buffler First Poet Laureate

2000 200th Anniversary of Navy Yard
2000 Black History Trail Open

2001 Privateer Lynx Names Home Port

2002 Crack Discovered in White Island Lighthouse
2002 Portsmouth: Yesterday & Today -- 50 Pix

2003 "Negro Burying Ground" Discovered
2003 Wentworth Hotel Reopens

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