If you’re a history buff, then Portsmouth New Hampshire is the place for you! Portsmouth
was settled in 1623, and history abounds everywhere here. We have
numerous historical homes open to the public for tours, as well as
museums, galleries, and privately-owned historical homes all over town.
One of our special places for those who love history is Strawbery Banke, in the north end of Portsmouth, just off the downtown area along the shore of the Piscataqua River.
got its name from the English explorers who settled here in 1630
because of the abundance of wild strawberries growing all over the
place. This settlement became the beginnings of one of the
country’s earliest cities. And yes, it really is spelled
‘Strawbery’ and ‘Banke’ – this spelling goes back to the Colonial days.