In the seaport city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, history isn’t encased in glass in some ho-hum museum. The past seeps into the present, adding layers of intrigue even for visitors drawn here by the impressive food, arts, and music scene.
Throughout 2023, you can feel even more deeply immersed in the city’s storied past as Portsmouth celebrates its 400th anniversary, while also reflecting on the millennia of Indigenous culture that predated European exploration and English colonial settlement.
Portsmouth hasn’t had a year-long party like this since 1973, when Britain’s then–Prince Charles was coincidentally in town for the 350th-anniversary hoopla. The royals have received a formal invitation to this year’s events, but you don’t need one to join in the fun.