Lecture "North Portsmouth Ri"

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The Portsmouth Historical Society and Common Fence Point Arts, Wellness, and Community Center will co-host a well-illustrated lecture “The History of North Portsmouth” by Jim Garman, Portsmouth Town Historian


The northern part of Portsmouth has a great deal of historical importance. The original founders arrived in 1638 and settled around Town Pond. Over time, many residents moved further south on the island to establish large farms.  But, by the early part of the 20th century, there was tremendous growth in North Portsmouth. Island Park emerged as a summer colony, mainly for Fall River people, and the amusement park got its start with the first carousel in 1898.


The Hummocks colony was developed by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad about the same time.  Common Fence Point, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary, was established as a summer cottage colony by developers from Brockton MA. This resulted in the Narragansett Oil and Guano Works, a creation by seven Church brothers from Tiverton, moving its operations from the area.


The lecture will be on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 PM at the CFP Arts, Wellness, and Community Center, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth. 


Lecture is free to Society Members; $5 donation for non-members. No pre-registration is required and all are welcome.