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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Brentwood is the county seat for Rockingham County
Portsmouth is in Rockingham County
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1New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — 18 Congress
On this site were leased lots provided by the North Church Parish dating from 1709. One such parcel was the home of Hunking Wentworth, Chairman of the Committee of Public Safety and zealous patriot on behalf of the American Revolution. The site was . . . Map (db m76460) HM
2New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — African Burying Ground Memorial
(left panel) I stand for the Ancestors Here and Beyond I stand for those who feel anger I stand for those who were treated unjustly I stand for those who were taken from their loved ones I stand for those who suffered . . . Map (db m115995) HM
3New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Black Yankees and The SeaPortsmouth Black Heritage Trail
People of African origin or descent have been part of Portsmouth since at least 1645. This waterfront was an entry port for enslaved people arriving in New Hampshire during the 1600s and 1700s. Ships brought black children and adults directly . . . Map (db m115978) HM
4New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Ceilia Layton Thaxter
Poet, writer, artist was born here June 29, 1835 Author of Among the Isles of Shoals and An Island Garden She died on Appledore August 26, 1894Map (db m96976) HM
5New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — CMoMM (SS) Arthur L. Stanton Chief of the Boat (COB)Albacore — Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association —
Rate: Chief Motor Machinist's Mate (Chief of the Boat) Service Number: 268 05 60 Birth Date: March 13, 1916 From Wauchula, Florida Decorations: Silver Star, Purple Heart Submarine: USS Albacore (SS . . . Map (db m186280) HM
6New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Colonel Tobias Lear
Colonel Tobias Lear was born in this house in 1760. He was George Washington’s Secretary from 1783 to 1799. Washington visited here in 1789. This tablet is placed by the Society of the Sons of the Revolution of the State of New . . . Map (db m115969) HM
7New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Dedicated to the men of the USS Thresher (SSN 593)
“This monument is dedicated to the 129 gallant men, military and civilian who went down with their ship off New England’s continental shelf on 10 April 1963” ( The names of the 129 men aboard follow. )Map (db m149119) HM
8New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Frank Jones's Hotels
Frank Jones (1832-1902) was a Barrington-born farmboy who came to Portsmouth as a teenager and literally rose from rags to riches in a remarkable short time. A man of boundless energy and daring, he parlayed the fortune he amassed as a brewer . . . Map (db m76456) HM
9New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Haven ParkPortsmouth Visual Label Program
The land for this park was given to the city by Miss Eliza A. Haven through a bequest following her death in 1897. The last direct descendant of Dr. Samuel Haven, who stipulated in his will that the ancestral family mansion be “taken . . . Map (db m97042) HM
10New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Horse ChestnutAesculus hippocastanum
Moffatt - Ladd House & Garden This tree was planted in 1776 when William Whipple (1730 – 1785) returned home from Philadelphia after signing The Declaration of Independence.Map (db m105538) HM
11New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — In This House Admiral (John) Paul Jones Resided
In this house Admiral (John) Paul Jones resided and at this port fitted out the Ranger, 1777 and the America, 1781-2 Map (db m115999) HM
12New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — James (Stavers)Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
In the midst of the American Revolution in 1777, James, enslaved by tavern owner John Stavers, was ordered to stop a zealous patriot from chopping down the tavern sign. Although James nearly killed the man, it was his owner, a suspected Tory, who . . . Map (db m115986) HM
13New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — James Baxter SergeantBorn February 10, 1946 in Trenton, NJ, son of Neil and Katherine (Keby) Sergeant — Died March 23, 2014 in Winter Park, FL —
Jim Sergeant enlisted in the US Navy on June 25, 1964. Following Boot Camp and internal Communications training, Jim served tours aboard the Naval Nuclear Power School, Vallejo, CA; Nuclear Power Training Unit, Schenectady, NY; and USS Tattnall . . . Map (db m186281) HM
14New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — John Paul Jones House
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States U.S. Department of . . . Map (db m116010) HM
15New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — John Samuel Blunt, PainterPortsmouth Visual Label Program
Born in 1798 into a family of Portsmouth Mariners, John Samuel Blunt was apprenticed in the Boston workshop of artist John Ritto Penniman where, from age 14 to 21, he mastered the art of ornamentation. Here, he met other ambitious young artists who . . . Map (db m97040) HM
16New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Joseph & Nancy (Cotton) and their children, Eleazor & JamesPortsmouth Black Heritage Trail
In 1717 Portsmouth's first identified black family was baptised by South Church. Baptisms of enslaved people became more frequent in local churches; black marriages, however, were not included in town records until the Revolutionary Era, when . . . Map (db m115979) HM
17New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Liberty Pole and Bridge
Legend Records "Liberty, Property & no Stamps" on a flag flown on the first Portsmouth Liberty Pole in January 1766, in response to British attempts to tax products without American representation in Parliament, the Portsmouth Sons of Liberty . . . Map (db m76579) HM
18New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Memorial Bridge 1923-2012
Photo 1 The memorial bridge was constructed between 1920 and 1923 and demolished in 2012. It was the second bridge built across the fast and deep waters of Portsmouth Harbor. The 1923 bridge was the first vertical lift bridge constructed . . . Map (db m97036) HM
19New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Nation's Oldest Bank
[Upper Marker:] 22/26 Market Square Built 1803 The Oldest Bank Building New Hampshire Bank 1803-1842 Portsmouth Savings Bank 1823-C.1950 Piscataqua Bank 1842-1863 Piscataqua Exchange Bank 1844-1863 First National Bank of . . . Map (db m74731) HM
20New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Negro PewsPortsmouth Black Heritage Trail
Until the mid 1800's, most New England churches assigned pews to parishioners by their social rank. Black people, enslaved or free, usually were seated as far as possible from the pulpit. Negro pews in the North Meetinghouse, which stood here from . . . Map (db m115983) HM
21New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — New Hampshire's First Black ChurchPortsmouth NH Black Heritage Trail
In 1915 the congregation of the People's Baptist Church which had been meeting in the South Ward Hall for more than twenty-five years, brought this 1857 building for $1200. Though officially Baptist, its membership was multidenominational. For . . . Map (db m115984) HM
22New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — New Hampshire's Lost BoatUSS Capelin SS 289
This memorial is dedicated to the 78 men who lost their lives seriving their country on the submarine USS Capelin SS289 in the Celebes Sea in December 1943Map (db m186259) WM
23New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — 0114 — North Cemetery
The town of Portmouth purchased this land in 1753 for 150 pounds from Col. John Hart, Commander of the N.H. Regiment at Louisburg. General William Whipple, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Gov. John Langdon, signer of the Constitution, . . . Map (db m74579) HM
24New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — North Pier
Between the late 1600s and the mid-1900s this part of the Piscataqua River waterfront played a significant role in the areas marine commerce and shipbuilding economy. This is the site of the famous Portsmouth Pier. Chartered in 1798, the 340-foot . . . Map (db m115997) HM
25New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — On this site was born Fitz John PorterAug. 31, 1822
While his father Capt. John Porter, U.S.N. Commanded the Portsmouth Navy Yard. Graduated West Point, July 1845 Distinguished himself and was wounded in War with Mexico 1846-1847. Instructor of Artillery and Cavalry West Point . . . Map (db m94764) HM
26New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Oracle HouseCirca 1702
The Oracle House is one of the oldest houses in New England. it was built by the Honorable Richard Wibird, an officer in the British Royal Navy, wealthy merchant, member of The King's Council and a benefactor of Harvard College.Map (db m23380) HM
27New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Point of Graves
This burial ground has some of the finest Colonial Era gravestones in northern New England. Portsmouth residents patronized Massachusetts gravestone carvers until the early 1800s. Among the artists whose work can be found here are Bostonians . . . Map (db m76581) HM
28New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Point of Graves
This cemetery was formally established in 1671 on land given to the town by Captain John Pickering. The land was used for burials prior to this time, but because Pickering retained the right to graze his cattle here, many of the earliest . . . Map (db m76582) HM
29New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth Memorial Bridge Marker
Memorial to the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire who participated in the World War 1917-1919 1923-2013Map (db m85411) WM
30New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Memorial
In recognition of the dedicated craftsmen of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard who built and maintain the finest submarines in the world, the crews who sail them and the selfless volunteers whose untiring efforts contribute to the success of Albacore . . . Map (db m186282) WM
31New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth Navy Yard
The Portsmouth Navy Yard was established in 1800 when the federal government perceived a need to expand the Navy in order to counter French privateer attacks against merchant shipping. It has served varied functions over the years, first . . . Map (db m115967) HM
32New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth NH Marine Railway
In 1833 a group of prominent Portsmouth merchants organized The Marine Railway Company and installed a set of tracks from the water to the brick machine house still standing near this site. When coupled with two horses, the machinery would, as the . . . Map (db m96681) HM
33New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth NH Red Light District
From the mid-nineteenth century into the early years of the twentieth century, most of Portsmouth's houses of ill-fame and low-class saloons were concentrated on Water Street, (today Marcy Street). City officials and the police gave unofficial . . . Map (db m96183) HM
34New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth NH World War II Marker
World War II 1941-1945 "Remembering those who made the supreme sacrifice" Followed by a listing of 106 namesMap (db m96682) WM
35New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth Pier & Wharves
The revival of Portsmouth’s commerce after the American Revolution spurred the development of new roads, bridges, and wharves. In 1795, several leading merchants incorporated as the Proprietors of the Portsmouth Pier. This private company . . . Map (db m116003) HM
36New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth Veteran's Memorial
Honor * Protect* Remember Plaque 1 Portsmouth Memorial Park Dedicated November 2013 Displayed at the center of this memorial, are the granite foundation abutments that supported the memorial bridge for eighty-eight years, memorializing . . . Map (db m85413) WM
37New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Prince Whipple and Winsor Maffatt Revolutionary PetitionersPortsmouth NH Black Heritage Trail
Prince, enslaved by General William Whipple and his wife Katharine Moffatt, accompanied the general through several battles of the American Revolution but was not freed until 1784. In 1779, however, Prince and Winsor were two of twenty African-born . . . Map (db m115985) HM
38New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Russell A. Hanscom Memorial
Dedicated to those men who made the supreme sacrifice in WWII for God and Country. Robert A. Anderson • James R. Birt • Raymond F. Burns • Paula A. Doble • Russell A. Hanscom • Robert A. Harrison • Guy House • Howard L. Hunt • Peter G. Phillippe . . . Map (db m96776) WM
39New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Sheafe Warehouse
Sheafe Warehouse is one of America’s best-preserved examples of early 18th century waterfront architecture. It was originally built on interlocked tree trunks known as “cobwork” barely above the level of high tide. An overhanging second . . . Map (db m96978) HM
40New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Siras BrucePortsmouth Black Heritage Trail
Siras, in 1783, contracted with John Langdon to serve as a “domestic servant." Among Langdon's papers, itemized bills for "Siras de Bruce" confirm descriptions of his resplendent, even dazzling attire: white breeches, blue or black coats, silk . . . Map (db m115981) HM
41New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Site of "Negro Burying Ground"Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
In colonial Portsmouth, segregation applied in death as in life. City officials approved a plan in 1705 that set aside this city block for a "Negro Burying Ground." It was close to town, but pushed to what was then its outer edge. By 1813, houses . . . Map (db m115977) HM
42New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Soldiers and Sailors Monument
(north face) Gettysburg In honor of the men of Portsmouth who gave their services on the land and on the sea in the war which preserved the Union of the States this monument is erected by grateful citizens. . . . Map (db m85415) WM
43New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Spanish American War Memorial
Dedicated to the veterans of Portsmouth NH who served in the Spanish American War 1898-1902Map (db m85417) HM
44New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Spring Hill Waterfront
The Wharves at Bow and Ceres Streets at the base of Spring Hill (as the site was called) were once bustling hubs of waterfront commerce. Built in the late eighteenth century, the waterfront wharves were most active during the Piscataqua region's . . . Map (db m115968) HM
45New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Still On Patrol
Still On Patrol U.S. Navy submarines paid heavily for their success in World War II. A total of 374 officers and 3131 men are on board these 52 U.S. submarines still on “patrol”. We shall never forget that it was our submarines that held the . . . Map (db m149124) WM
46New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Temple Israel1910
First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in New Hampshire Star of David New Hampshire's Jewish community dates back to the pre colonial ear. Temple Israel, established as a formally organized community in 1910, affirmed the American principles . . . Map (db m76462) HM
47New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — The Continental Frigate "Raleigh"
On Rindge’s Wharf, Portsmouth, May 21, 1776, six weeks before The Declaration of Independence, there was launched The Continental Frigate “Raleigh,” the First American Man-of-War built on the Piscataqua, keel laid . . . Map (db m115998) HM
48New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — The Original New Hampshire State House
Located in Market Square Seat of Colonial Government, 1758 - 1776 The Declaration of Independence was read from the Building, July 18, 1776 President George Washington spoke from the Balcony, October 31, 1789Map (db m76461) HM
49New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — The South Church
This Greek Revival-style church was dedicated on February 15, 1826. Its architect and construction supervisor was Jonathon Folsom, a master builder. The exterior granite was quarried in Rockport, Massachusetts, transported to Portsmouth by water, . . . Map (db m96778) HM
50New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Treaty of Portsmouth 1905
September 5, 1905 - A day now commemorated statewide as Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day - marks the signing of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Treaty brought to a close the first great war of the twentieth century, . . . Map (db m76455) HM
51New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — U.S.S. Albacore
U.S.S. Albacore AGSS 569 On shore May 4, 1985 Under Secretary – Navy James F. GoodrichMap (db m149120) WM
52New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — U.S.S. O9 SS-70
U.S.S. O9 SS-70 June 20, 1941 Dedicated to the shipmates who lost their lives on the U.S. O9 SS-70 off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire The names of the 33 U.S. Navy submariners and 2 civilian workers aboard are inscribed. . . . Map (db m149123) HM
53New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — U.S.S. Squalus SS-192
U.S.S. Squalus SS-192 May 23, 1939 Dedicated to the shipmates who lost their lives on the U.S. Squalus SS-192 off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire The names of the 22 U.S. Navy submariners and 2 civilian workers aboard are inscribed. . . . Map (db m149122) HM
54New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — 234 — US Route 1 Bypass of Portsmouth, NH (1940)
The Bypass was part of a major New Deal project to move U.S. Route 1 traffic away from the congested streets of downtown Portsmouth. The Bypass created a second Piscataqua River crossing into Maine via the Interstate (Sarah M. Long) Bridge. The . . . Map (db m174036) HM
55New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — USS Albacore SS 218 Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the 86 men who lost their lives serving their country on the submarine USS Albacore (SS-218) 7 November 144 Barber, Walter H. Jr. • Baumer, Kenneth R. • Bigelow, Henry F. • Blackmon, Edward B. • . . . Map (db m186255) WM
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