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  • Albacore Park
    Picnic area, visitor center, tours of 1953 submarine. Admission. Market St. Extension. Portsmouth. 603-436-3680. MAP

  • American Independence Museum
    Located in the Ladd Gilman House at 1 Governor's Lane in downtown Exeter, dedicated to the American Revolution. Items on display include rare printed copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Museum store located at the Ladd-Gilman House. Call for hours. Admission. 603-772-2622. MAP

  • Black Heritage Trail
    Walking tour takes you to 40 historic sites where African-Americans made history. Portsmouth. 603-431-2768. MAP

  • Durham Historic Museum
    "Grandma's attic" of historical artifacts. Small reference library on history of seacoast NH, info files on old Durham families. Corner of Route 108 and Main St. 2nd floor brick building. Free. Call for hours. 603-868-5436. MAP

  • Exeter Historic Walking Tour
    Explore one of America's oldest towns and former state capital. Booklet available at Chamber (lists 40 sites) 603-772-2411 MAP

  • Exeter Historical Society
    Museum, geneological records, changing exhibits and library. Limited hours, call in advance. 47 Front St. 603-778-2335 MAP

  • Fort Constitution State Park
    Historic fort (ca. 1632) with good views of shipping lanes and Whaleback Light. Previously Fort William and Mary. Adjacent to the Coast Guard Station just off Route 1B. New Castle. Free. MAP

  • Fort Stark
    Historic fort (ca. 1887) with terrific views of Little Harbor. Guided tours available. Admission. Just off Route 1B on Wild Rose Lane. New Castle. 603-433-8583. MAP

  • Lamont Art Gallery
    Located on the Phillips Exeter Academy campus, this gallery offers innovative changing exhibits. 603-779-2461. MAP

  • North Pond Cemetery
    Gov. John Langdon and Declaration of Independence signer, General William Whipple buried here. North Mill Pond just off Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth. MAP

  • Piscataqua Gundalow Project
    Authentic replica of historic gundalow, used to ship cargo up and down the Piscataqua River. Donation. Seasonal. Prescott Park, Marcy St. Portsmouth. 603-431-8748. MAP

  • Point of Graves
    Oldest public cemetery in Portsmouth. Mechanic Street across from Prescott Park on the way to Pierce Island. Portsmouth. MAP

  • Portsmouth Athenaeum (1803)
    Handsome Federal style building containing a library of over 30,000 volumes, some rare. Early Portsmouth memorabilia and historic portraits. 9 Market Square. Downtown Portsmouth. 603-431-2538. Free. Open to public Tues. & Thurs 1-4pm, Sat 10-4pm. MAP

  • Portsmouth Harbour Trail
    Walking tour of historic downtown sites includes the Moffatt-Ladd House, St. John's Church, Warner House, Prescott Park, Strawbery Banke Museum, Wentworth-Gardner House, Old South Meeting House (Children's Museum of Portsmouth), North Church, Gov. John Langdon House, Ye Olde Post Office/Custom House, John Paul Jones House, Bulfinch Library, Rockingham Hotel, Rundlet-May House, Universalist Church, The Music Hall and the Portsmouth Athenaeum among others. Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 603-436-1118.

  • Rochester Opera House
    Renovation in progress of historic, turn of the century opera house located in City Hall. Call the Rochester Planning, Development & Zoning Dept. for appointment. 31 Wakefield St., 2nd floor. Rochester. 603-335-1338. MAP

  • Saint John's Church (1806)
    George Washington attended services here in original church in 1789. One of only four "Vinegar Bibles" on display. Chapel St. Portsmouth. 603-436-8283. MAP

  • Sheafe Warehouse
    Located at Prescott Park on the waterfront. Working traditional boat building exhibit. Portsmouth. Open during summer only. Donation. 603-431-8748. MAP

  • Strawbery Banke Museum
    A 10 acre waterfront neighborhood and museum illustrating 350 years of architectural and social through restored furnished houses, exhibitions, period gardens, traditional crafts and special programs. Marcy St. Portsmouth. Admission. 603-433-1100. MAP

  • Tuck Museum
    Also includes Seacoast Farm and Fire Museums. Located at 40 Park Ave. Hampton. 603-929-0781. MAP

  • Vaughan Memorial & Thaxter Museum
    Stone cottage on Star Island at the Isles of Shoals contains one-room museum to Celia Thaxter, her family and Star Island Conferences. Open summers in the afternoon. Reached via afternoon ferry from Portsmouth. No phone.

  • Woodman Institute
    Preserved 1675 Garrison house. Local historic exhibits. Excellent collection of rocks and minerals, natural history exhibits, Civil War artifacts, antiques. Located at 182 Central Ave. on the corner of Summer St. Dover. Donations. Call for hours. 603-742-1038. MAP

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