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New Hampshire Seacoast

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Here's a little tour around three towns along the NH Seacoast; Exeter, tiny New Castle, and the 'hub' of the region Portsmouth. I tried to throw in some 'did you know' facts to spice it up. I hope you like the area.

Exeter

Largely overshadowed by nearby Portsmouth, Exeter is a pretty nice place itself. Exeter was the capital of NH during the Revolutionary War, and has a very walkable downtown with great waterfront access. Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code, calls Exeter home. Exeter is also home to Phillips Exeter Academy, a particularly elite prep school whose $1 billion endowment is by far the largest of any such school in the nation. Life at the academy is chronicled in the fictional 1954 literary classic A Separate Peace by John Knowles, an Exeter alumnus.

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Exeter is home to an American Independance Museum, one of 9 around the country. This yellow building, which is part of the museum, served as NH's Treasury during the Revolutionary War

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Exeter Town Hall cupola

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Exeter Farmers Market

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Downtown Exeter has great waterfront access, where two rivers merge and then flow down a series of falls into Great Bay.

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Just a couple shots around the Academy, which unfortunately was undergoing a lot of work when I was there.

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Drive up the Coast

A drive up Route 1A towards New Castle and Portsmouth

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Also known as Ocean Blvd., Route 1A has some enormous, and unusual homes.

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New Castle

New Castle is a tiny town nestled entirely on islands in Portsmouth Harbor. It

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Portsmouth

Settled in 1623, Portsmouth is the third oldest city in the country, behind only Jamestown and Plymouth. In Colonial times Portsmouth was a big shipbuilding port, and remains the hub of the seacoast today, with a hopping downtown, vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene and a large high tech presence. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the oldest in the country, was recently saved from closure.

Portsmouth Waterfront

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Historic District

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Historic Dist. Cont'd

This home, built in 1703, was home to NH

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New Development

This new mixed-use development on Market Square is beginning to open, a bakery and coffee-shop has already opened in one storefront.

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The new Hilton complex opened in June

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A new 6 story mixed use structure is going in on one of the only vacant lots left on the waterfront

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These two pubs, The Press Room and the Rusty Hammer, have been around forever.

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Finally, some Portsmouth's waterfront dining/drinking options

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I envy New England for its urban beauty. I say urban because it has beautiful countyside, but so does the Pacific Northwest! :-)

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I wonder what will be done with the old Naval Prison. It would make an amazing hotel. Who owns it? Is it still government property?

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Wonderful photos. The Strawberry Banke photos were great.

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First, I'd like to say: Great Pictures. Portsmouth is, by far, the nicest city in NH. Manchester wishes it had Portsmouth's downtown energy.

Secondly, it should be noted the naval facilities are in Kittery, Maine.

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First, I'd like to say: Great Pictures. Portsmouth is, by far, the nicest city in NH. Manchester wishes it had Portsmouth's downtown energy.

Secondly, it should be noted the naval facilities are in Kittery, Maine.

Yes, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, while in Portsmouth Harbor, is technically in Kittery which is on the other side of the harbor. Though this has been part of a very long-running border dispute, which made its way all the way to the Supreme Court a few years ago. NH has long claimed the Maine border starts at the northern shore of the harbor, placing the entire harbor and its islands in NH. The Court sided with Maine.

Later, a NH legislator filed a bill annexing all of Kittery and Berwick, Maine, which prompted a Maine legislator to file a bill annexing the entire Portsmouth metro area. :huh:

N.H.-Maine border disputes take comic turn

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.d...27006/-1/news02

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Yes, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, while in Portsmouth Harbor, is technically in Kittery which is on the other side of the harbor.

Of course, every single town, county and state border is a man-made creation and while you can say the shipyard is "technically" in Kittery, you could also say that Portsmouth is "technically" in NH. I don't mean to nitpick, but the shipyard isn't technically in Kittery, it IS in Kittery.

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Of course, every single town, county and state border is a man-made creation and while you can say the shipyard is "technically" in Kittery, you could also say that Portsmouth is "technically" in NH. I don't mean to nitpick, but the shipyard isn't technically in Kittery, it IS in Kittery.

Trust me. You're nitpicking. It's possible that materials used in the new Market St. development might be from Kittery. I should also note that that little bit of light you see in the picture of the restaurant deck - that's Kittery as well. There might even be Kittery people eating there :shok: Satisfied yet?

Is it such a huge issue that you just had to chime in. The PORTSMOUTH Naval Shipyard is all of 100 yards away on an island in PORTSMOUTH Harbor. You see it all the time in Portsmouth. It's part of the fabric of the city, and the area. And the border itself is in dispute. I didn't travel miles up the Maine coast to take pictures of it, but from a bench right in Portsmouth. I think I can include it among dozens of other Portsmouth pics without being disingenuous.

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Doesn't matter where you can see it from. Some of the best views of Manhattan are from New Jersey.

The only way you can drive to the PORTSMOUTH Naval Shipyard is by going to Maine, which makes sense since it IS in Maine.

The border is not in dispute, unless you spend any time at the NH capitol in Concord.

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