Next tour Saturday, August 9th, 10AM
The Portsmouth Advocates present the second annual series of guided walking tours lead by Richard M. Candee, author of Building Portsmouth. The 2014 schedule features five of Portsmouth’s famous neighborhoods exploring the unique architectural landscape and the stories embedded in the bricks and mortar. All tours begin at Discover Portsmouth located at 10 Middle Street. The cost is $10 for members of the Portsmouth Historical Society and $15 for non-members. Memberships are available in the Visitor Center of Discover Portsmouth before the tour and online. Each tour is limited to 20; private signature tours for groups are also available. Reservations are required; call Discover Portsmouth at (603) 436-8433 to purchase tickets.
The first tour will highlight the Landmarks of Downtown Portsmouth, among them the Portsmouth Athenaeum built in 1805 for the NH Fire & Marine Insurance Company, the Old and New Custom Houses and the major churches of the city center. Other tours in the series cover Portsmouth’s South End in July, followed by the Brick Act of 1814 in August and The Hill and North End, Haymarket Square and the Victorian West End in the fall. Portsmouth Advocates is a preservation group that promotes the maintenance of the historical and architectural integrity of the city and to encourage the preservation and restoration of historically significant structures. The Advocates are dedicated to the preservation of our city’s unique historic character as an essential part of making Portsmouth a better place to live and work.
Upcoming Walking Tours
Saturday, June 21st at 1PM: Walking Tour #1
Landmarks of Downtown Portsmouth
Saturday, July 19th at 10AM: Walking Tour #2
South End & 20th Century Hopes to Preserve Portsmouth
Saturday, August 9th at 10AM: Walking Tour #3
Brick Act of 1814-1825
Saturday, September 20th at 1PM: Walking Tour #4
The Hill and North End
Saturday, October 18th at 1PM: Walking Tour #5
The Victorian West End
Your guide for the series is Richard M. Candee, Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies at Boston University, where he directed the Preservation Studies Program for nearly 30 years. He has published nearly a hundred articles, essays, and reviews as well as four books specifically about Portsmouth. He has been Chairman of the Warner House Association, President of the Portsmouth Athenaeum and is President of the Portsmouth Historical Society.
Image: Public Square, Portsmouth, NH, 1902. Dry plate negative, 8×10 in. Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.