Portsmouth Historical Society
Portsmouth Historical Society (c) 2022; 870 East Main Road (at Union St), PO Box 834, Portsmouth, RI 02871

April 30, 2022 – Stephen Luce of the Portsmouth Historical Society lead a tour and discussion of four cemeteries in Lawton Valley.  First was a visit to the stone cellar hole. It was the home for many of those interred nearby. Next was a walk to, ostensibly. the “oldest” cemetery. It was just recorded last year and […]

March 23, 2022. Another of the “Gentlemen’s Farms” in the southern part Portsmouth at the beginning of the 20th century was Sandy Point Farm. It was purchased in 1902 by Reginald Vanderbilt. Reginald was the youngest son of Cornelius and Alice Vanderbilt of the Breakers and the brother of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt who had a […]

March 19, 2022 – Lecture “Portsmouth Library 125th” by Jim Garman Portsmouth Free Public Library grew from a group of people called the Thursday Evening Group who met at the Guild House of St. Paul’s Church and at members’ homes to discuss literature and culture.  It was proposed that a meeting be held to explore […]

The Town and PHS celebrated Founders’ Day Showing the Portsmouth 1638 Compact and Southwick Declaration of Independence The Portsmouth Historical Society arranged a public viewing of the original 1638 Portsmouth Compact with the RI State Archives. they do this each year in March to commemorate its signing. An archivist with State Police escort carried this […]

After a 2 year pandemic hiatus, The Portsmouth Historical Society hosted its Fourth Annual Portsmouth History Trivia Night on Thursday February 17, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at The Gulf Stream Bar and Grille, whose building itself is a part of Portsmouth’s history. The restaurant, located at 1 Lagoon Rd Portsmouth, is housed […]

The Portsmouth Friends Meetinghouse, Parsonage, and Cemetery (also known as Portsmouth Friends Meeting House or Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Church) is a historic Friends Meeting House and cemetery of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).  The current meetinghouse was built around 1699–1700. The building was used as a Quaker house of worship and school. During the […]