What a captivating place to visit with its combination of past and present. I found it fascinating.
Let’s start with history:
Olde Towne was part of the American Revolution. When British commander Cornwallis reached Portsmouth in 1781, he abandoned the town upon receiving new orders and moved his troops to Yorktown sparing Portsmouth. Walk through this area on your visit and enjoy.
The home of Thomas and Elizabeth Hill, Jr. is owned by the historical society and open to the public with selective viewing hours. Call or check the city website for days and hours. http://www.VisitPortsVA.com or 757-393-5111.
Other homes in the area
And museums to visit
St. Patrick’s Day parties at local watering holes.
And more historic sites, The 1846 Courthouse, churches, and The Commodore Theater..
However, the waterfront was my favorite spot. Here a ferry takes you around the harbor where one can get up close and personal with naval ships under renovation. It is a 35 minute ride and a must do. Fare is $2. for adults, bring cash. What a deal and what a sight.
Naval ships are repaired in this portion of the Harbor, however in another area of Portsmouth air craft carriers are constructed. This is a prime source of employment for the area.
And finally, pleasure and duty..
There are many festivals during the summer months in downtown Portsmouth. Check out their website for all the fun.