Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth was the home of the Strategic Air Command’s Pease Air Force Base, later converted to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease with limited commercial air service. In 2006, Portsmouth became an Eco-municipality. The city announced construction of a 600-space garage, the city’s second downtown parking garage, to begin in April or May 2017. The $1.9 million project is being built on a new street called Deer Street Extension and is expected to be completed by September 2018.
Native Americans of the Abenaki and other Algonquian languages-speaking nations, and their predecessors, inhabited the territory of coastal New Hampshire for thousands of years before European contact. Once one of the nation’s busiest ports and shipbuilding cities, Portsmouth expressed its wealth in fine architecture. It contains significant examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style houses, a selection of which are now museums. Portsmouth’s heart contains stately brick Federalist stores and townhouses.