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Harbour Trail Guide

Includes Color Photos
And Color Map
With Descriptions Of
Over 70 Historic Sites On
Downtown Walking Tour
Send a check for $2.50 to:
Portsmouth Harbour Trail
500 Market Street
PO Box 239
Portsmouth, NH 03802-0239

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About The Harbour Trail

craftsman The Portsmouth Harbour Trail celebrates the historical significance of Portsmouth New Hampshire. It embodies our commitment to preservation of our arts and culture. We invite you to explore our galleries and gift shops, our historic buildings and museums, our waterfront and a host of restaurants tucked into the many corners of our city.

The Harbour Trail covers the following three areas of the city:

  • Downtown And The Waterfront
    This first section explores the development of the commercial downtown and waterfront area. It should take about an hour on foot.

  • The South End
    This section of the trail explores the commercial development of Pleasant Street and State Street and the residential character of the South End. The walk will take about an hour.

  • State Street To Haymarket Square And Congress Street
    This section of the tour explores the commercial and residential areas of Portsmouth developed between 1800 and 1900. It will take about a half hour to walk.

Tours will be offered on Mondays, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the Columbus Day weekend. All tours begin and end at the Market Square Kiosk. Tickets are $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 8 to 14 years. Under 8 years are free. Group tours may be arranged by calling Marge Hubbard, Tourism Manager, at (603) 436-3988. The schedule is as follows:

10:30 AM - Harbour Trail Highlights Tour.
Discover Portsmouth's history and beauty as you walk through the city's quaint downtown, along the waterfront, and through neighborhood streets that date back to the 17th century. Knowledgeable tour guides will enlighten you with stories of coloful Portsmouth residents and dignitaries and answer your questions during the hour and a half tour. Highlights Tour - Thursday through Saturday and Monday at 10:30 AM, Sunday at 1:30 PM

5:30 PM - Twilight Tour
Hear tales of the "Merchants and Madams, Sailors and Immigrants" that mingled in Portsmouth at the turn of the 20th century (late 1800's and early 1900's). You'll learn how bordellos and bars that catered to both sailors and politicians were allowed to exist and were eventually put out of business and then "swept under the carpet" when Portsmouth's pristine Prescott Park and Strawbery Banke Museum were created. Tour lasts about an hour. Twilight Tour - Thursday through Saturday and Monday at 5:30 PM

Contributions to the Portsmouth Harbour Trail,
a non-profit organization, are always welcome.

Portsmouth Harbour Trail
PO Box 239
Portsmouth, NH 03802

Make checks payable to the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce Foundation

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Sites Along The Harbour Trail

Downtown & Waterfront
1. Market Square
2. North Church
3. The Athenaeum
4. Market Street
5. Merchants Row
6. Moffatt-Ladd House
7. Granite State Mineral
8. USS Albacore
9. Ceres Street
10. Moran Tugboats
11. Bow Street

12. View of Piscataqua River
13. St. John's Church
14. Portsmouth Brewery
15. Harbour Place
16. Memorial Bridge
17. Warner House
18. Old Portsmouth High School
19. McIntyre Federal Building
20. 1817 US Custom House
21. Sheafe Street
22. Rockingham County Jail

South End
23. Bankers Row
24. US Custom House
25. Ann Treadwell Mansion
26. Gov. John Langdon House
27. Thomas Thompson House
28. City Hill
29. Haven Park
30. Lower Pleasant Street
31. Mark Wentworth Home
32. James T. Fields House
33. Joshua & Elizabeth Peirce
34. South Ward Meetinghouse
35. Tobias Lear House
36. Wentworth-Gardner House
37. Point of Graves

38. Pierce Island
39. Four Tree Island
40. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
41. Prescott Park
42. Sheafe Warehouse
43. Shaw Warehouse
44. Liberty Gardens
45. Liberty Pole
46. Strawbery Banke
47. Prescott Pk Theater & Dock
48. Oracle House
49. Thomas Shaw House
50. State Street
51. Temple Israel
State Street to Haymarket Sq.
52. South Church 53. State Street
54. Abraham Shaw House
55. Rockingham Hotel
56. Haymarket Square
57. John Peirce Mansion
58. Rundlet-May House
59. Langley Boardman House
60. John Paul Jones House
61. Portsmouth Library

62. Islington Street
63. North Cemetery
64. Richard Jackson House
65. Congress Street
66. YMCA
67. Keasarge House
68. Music Hall
69. Franklin Block
70 National Block
71. Faye Block

Official Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Web Site

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