Dover Point: Much of Dover NH’s land was part of several grants given by King James of England in 1622. In 1623, English settler Edward Hilton established the first settlement on what is now Dover Point. Hilton Park, which is located at the tip of Dover Point, contains a historic monument that commemorates the site as the location of Dover’s first settlement. Featuring outstanding views this state park also contains a boat access ramp, picnic areas, and playground. In 1642, the area became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The center of activity in Dover moved gradually from Dover Point to the current downtown area below Cocheco Falls, which came to be known as Dover Landing. Breezy Hill Farm was also settled during this time period located near Dover Point with sweeping views of the Piscataqua River. Breezy Hill Landing is the Seacoast’s newest waterfront community with homes starting at $429,900.00 – Build your dream home today!
Portsmouth, N.H., a city of roughly 21,000 people, sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, a short, wide river that divides New Hampshire and Maine. Settled in 1623, Portsmouth claims to be the nation’s third-oldest city. It served as a focal point on the Eastern seaboard until the late 1800s when rail travel did in the shipping industry. John Paul Jones’ ship The Ranger was built in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (which lies across the river in Maine) was established in 1800 as the country’s first Naval shipyard. The geographic location, historic past and cultural strength of Portsmouth regularly lands it on various “best places to live” lists. Prevention Magazine named Portsmouth one of the top 100 walking cities in the America for 2008. Also in 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Portsmouth to its list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, calling the city “one of the most culturally rich destinations in the country.”with a stimulating mix of historic buildings, sidewalk cafes, great restaurants, art galleries, jazz clubs and distinctive artisans’ boutiques.”