The City of Portsmouth continues to add historic markers to the collection of history signs scattered throughout Portsmouth’s historic downtown.
The first set of 42 markers was funded in 1973 by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Installation was completed in 1977 through a partnership between Strawbery Banke Museum, the City of Portsmouth, and the South End Association.
The original historic markers were fabricated using a “Metalphoto” process in which photographic images and typewritten text were transferred onto photosensitive aluminum sheets. The titles of some of the markers included well-known historical neighborhoods such as Puddle Dock, as well as long-absent buildings like the Morgan Oratorical Academy said to be “the first structure deliberately adapted for music and plays in New Hampshire.” Other sign topics include “The First Chapel”, “The Great Fires of Portsmouth”, “South Ropewalk”, “South Mills”, and “Franklin Foundry.”
Thanks to Capital Improvement Program funding, the original markers were replaced utilizing updated scholarship as well as modern graphic technology, color and materials. Additional markers are added from time to time.
Link to a PDF of each marker from the list below.
New City Markers Installed (2018)
Historic Markers Location Information