(Portsmouth, NH) - The designation will open the door for property owners to seek state and federal grants to be used for rehabilitation and preservation of buildings within the district. 

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European Colonists first established a colony at what was called Strawbery Banke in 1630.  As the only New Hampshire port, it became the center for maritime-related industries and trade.

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“By building count, the Portsmouth Downtown Historic District is by far the state’s largest historic district on the National Register of Historic Places,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and state historic preservation officer, “It’s a fitting tribute for New Hampshire’s oldest city.”

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