Just an hour from Boston, New Castle is the oldest and smallest town in New Hampshire, and the only one located entirely on islands.
“The Great Island,” as it was known when it was settled in 1623, is connected to the U.S. mainland by a bridge to Rye on one end and a causeway and a bridge to Portsmouth on the other. It is a true treasure for those who appreciate natural beauty and history.
Strolling the quaint streets visitors are greeted by beautiful 17th and 18th-century shingle style cottages and classic capes displaying window boxes of tumbling, brightly hued flowers.
New Castle is the home of Fort Constitution where the American Revolution actually began in December 14, 1774.
Stroll around Great Island Common, a great park with beautiful ocean views or spend the day at the Portsmouth downtown market square offering unique restaurants and shops or travel back in time and explore the exhibits at the Strawbery Banke Museum.