Then we got to Portsmouth.
Built in 1771, rebuilt in 1804, and finally re-rebuilt in 1878, the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is a fully-functioning lighthouse which has been under the control of the U.S. Coast Guard since the late 1940’s. Luckily for us, a few lighthouse enthusiasts started up the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and they agreed to a deal with the Coast Guard – they will work on the upkeep of the lighthouse, and they also get to give tours of the lighthouse. We (obviously) took the tour.
The stairway leading up to the top of the lighthouse.
After the lighthouse, Kelly took us on a whirlwind tour of the rest of the city of Portsmouth.
Our hostess and tour guide, Kelly
The rocky shores of New Hampshire (that's Whaleback Lighthouse in the distance)
We spent the rest of the evening enjoying good food and good company, and a great view from the dock outside Kelly's house. Tomorrow we begin the trip home - next stop, New Jersey!
Our New England vacation is finally complete!