Portsmouth Historical Society
Portsmouth Historical Society (c) 2015; 870 East Main Road (at Union St), PO Box 834, Portsmouth, RI 02871

What’s Been Going On?

Ft Butts Battle of RI Event

In August 1778, the Revolutionary War Battle of Rhode Island was fought at Butts Hill Fort.  Butts Hill Fort is the largest remaining Revolutionary War fortification in southeastern New England....

PHS On-the-Road

PHS will be out on the road,visiting places of historic significance around town.  Tune to “PHS On-the-Road” at our Web Video Theater.

The Gaspee Affair – June 9, 1772

June 9, 1772 colonist in Rhode Island burn revenue cutter HMS Gaspee in Narragansett Bay. This would be one of the first acts of open defiance leading up to the American...

Happy Birthday Julia May 28, 1819

Born on this date in 1819, Julia Ward Howe is best known today for writing the words of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (“Mine eyes have seen the glory...

Friends Meeting House Open House

The Society coordinated an Open House with Kirby Realtors on Saturday March 7th. The Open House showcased the Church and facilities to the community. The event was attended by over...

Portsmouth RI Founders Day Celebration

Portsmouth RI Celebrated Founders Day on March 6th 2020 The founding of Portsmouth was made official on March 7 with the signing of the Compact of 1638 that established the...

Historical Society receives treasure

Historical Society receives treasure – The Newport Daily News – 2-25-20 Daily News staff The Portsmouth Historical Society recently received a special gift related to Aquidneck Island transportation. Through the...

Varnum Armory Visit

On February 22, 2020, The Portsmouth Historical Society invited friends to join them as Varnum Museum Curator Patrick Donovan gave the Portsmouth Historical Society a private tour of the 1914...

“The Conspiracy to Destroy the Gaspee”

On February 4th, 2020, as a followup up to our book club, Gaspee Days Historian Dr. John Concannon gave a lecture titled “The Conspiracy to Destroy the Gaspee” with interesting snippets about Prudence Island....

“History Book Club “Burning of the Gaspee”

Tuesday, January 14   Portsmouth Historical Society Book Series Topic: The Burning of the His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution, by Stephen Park Location: Portsmouth...