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

What’s Been Going On?

PHS Featured on Portsmouth This Week

May 6, 2022. Anne Northup Burns, President, was the featured guest on Portsmouth This Week.

Pre-Opening Cleanup

Saturday May 7, 2022 – PHS Members got together to do a major cleanup of the Old Town Hall. Many items were transferred to a rented ‘POD’ and the Town...

Lawton Valley Cemetery Tour

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...

Sandy Point Farm Lecture – Jim Garman

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...

Portsmouth Library 125th

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...

Founders’ Day Celebration March 7, 2022

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...

History Trivia Returned Feb 17, 2022

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...

Lucy Jepson Burial Ground -Celebrating Black History Month

Here is a short video clip from the 2021 Portsmouth Historical Society Annual meeting. PHS board member Stephen Luce discusses the colonial headstone of Lucy, an enslaved woman who died...

Annual Members’ Meeting

Dec 2, 2021 – The PHS Annual Members’ Meeting was held at the museum. All enjoyed refreshments at a post-meeting soft museum re-opening. 2021 Annual Meeting Slide Presentation See the...

Friends Meeting House Open House Saturday November 13

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...