Inland: Exeter, Durham and Dover
Some of New Hampshire’s oldest towns are now small cities a few miles inland from Portsmouth. The history of Exeter is evocatively depicted, along with the rest of the state’s, at the American Independence Museum at Ladd-Gilman House on Governors Lane, off Center Street and Ladd Lane. Open May through October, Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5 pm (722-2622).
Durham is the home of the University of New Hampshire, with its agricultural fields and playing fields. Nearby is Lee, a very small town that is home to Flag Hill winery. It’s at a farmhouse where four generations of the Reinhold family live. Tours are given daily from 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment. Call for directions ( 659-2949).
Dover, a bit farther north and most directly reached from Portsmouth by taking the Spaulding Turnpike at the west side of town, is the home of Salmon Falls Stoneware, whose gray pottery with blue stenciled designs will immediately look familiar to you. Watch the potters in action. From Central Avenue (Route 108), turn east onto Oak Street at the Rite-Aid drug store. The pottery is at the Old Boston & Maine Engine House (800-621-2030).
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