12 Historic Squares of High Street-Gardens

Discover the charm and year-round beauty of historic Olde Towne's 12 merchant squares laid out in 1752 by Col. William Crawford, the city’s founder. Tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks provide a canvas painted with planted urns and hanging flower baskets.

Secret gardens and courtyards such as the one pictured await your discovery. Beautiful parks are abundant throughout the Olde Towne district of historic residential homes dating back to the early 18th century.

Whether coming to visit just for an afternoon or an extended stay, historic Olde Towne Portsmouth offers a break from the ordinary. Magnificent shopping, historic cultural attractions, museums, and unique restaurants: make Olde Towne Portsmouth your destination!