Historic Sites

In New Hampshire, our historic sites and attractions are definitely not the snoozy stuff of history textbooks and college lectures. Explore coastal fortifications where the American Revolution unofficially began. See literary landmarks immortalized in the poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Robert Frost. Tour the boyhood home of America's 14th president (we'll forgive you if you can't name him off the top of your head). Ride the world's first mountain-climbing train. Climb aboard the Navy's first modern submarine, the USS Albacore. When you experience history where it happened, you understand the drama and appreciate the accomplishments of the people who shaped New Hampshire and our nation.

Historic sites aren't the only places that tell tales of New Hampshire's past. Our communities are proud of their histories, and there are more than 200 local historical societies in New Hampshire. These volunteer-driven groups preserve historic structures, exhibit artifacts, host reenactments and events, assist with genealogy research, and teach new generations about the traditions and values that have shaped New Hampshire.

Traveling around the state, you'll also see a series of green signs out on our roads, marking points of historical significance.  These historical highway markers illustrate the depth and complexity of our history and the people who made it, from the last Revolutionary War soldier to contemporary sports figures to poets and painters who used New Hampshire for inspiration; from 18th-century meeting houses to stone arch bridges to long-lost villages; from factories and cemeteries to sites where international history was made.  You can view a complete list of historical highway markers here.