Portsmouth Downtown Historic District added to National Register of Historic Places
PORTSMOUTH — The U.S. Secretary of the Interior has named the Portsmouth Downtown Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.
European colonists settled in what is now downtown Portsmouth in 1630. The area was the only port in New Hampshire and became a hub for trade and expanded quickly.
The National Register of Historic Places lists over 1,200 parks, buildings, cemeteries and other sites that contribute to its historic listing.
Downtown Portsmouth is the largest historic location in New Hampshire that has been named a historic place.
While being listed on the National Register of Historic Places does not create new restrictions to private land use in the area, it does create opportunities for tax breaks and grants. It also creates opportunities for education and heritage tourism.
The restoration of historic buildings now have may qualify for federal tax provisions and allows for property owners who are eligible to Land and Community Heritage Investment Program and Conservation License Plate Program grants.
To find more information about the National Register program in New Hampshire, visit New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources website.