Portsmouth, NH Real Estate & Homes For Sale
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Portsmouth NH Community Profile & History
Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a historic city on the state's Atlantic Ocean coast. A popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth offers a multitude of shops, restaurants, art galleries, cultural attractions, parks, beaches and historic sites for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. Portsmouth is centrally located within an hour's drive of Boston, the state capital in Concord, the cities of Nashua and Manchester, the southern coast of Maine and the scenic Lakes Region. Additionally, the snowy peaks of the White Mountains and the idyllic fishing villages of Cape Cod are just a short drive away.
First explored in about 1603, Portsmouth was settled in 1630 as Piscataqua and soon renamed Strawberry Banke because of the abundant wild strawberries growing along the banks of the Piscataqua River. Portsmouth was incorporated under its present in 1653. Named the colonial capital in 1679, Portsmouth became a refuge for exiles from the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1713, the city was chosen to host the Treaty of Portsmouth, which formally ended hostilities between Eastern Abenaki Indians and European settlers in the New Hampshire and Massachusetts colonies. For more than 200 years, Portsmouth served as a major port of trade along the New England coast.
While Portsmouth's fortunes dimmed somewhat following the onslaught of the Industrial Revolution, when inland mill towns such as Dover, Keene, Laconia and Manchester rose to prominencee, the city enjoyed renewed prosperity with the establishment of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1800. The first federal shipyard in the United States, it remains in operation, though Portsmouth's maritime industry has largely given way to concerted growth in the tourist and service industries. Portsmouth prides itself on its many historical buildings and churches. Just minutes from six New Hampshire state beaches, it provides an excellent escape for residents on the hot summer days. Portsmouth also boasts many tasty restaurants, including some of the best sea food establishments in New England.
Students in Portsmouth enjoy an excellent public school system with an average student/teacher ration of 12:1, one of the best in the state. City schools provide an excellent education from preschool all the way through to high school. With many state colleges nearby, students don't have to go far to continue their education and local businesses don't have to look far to find employees with the skills they need.