Portsmouth, Virginia may have its challenges as a city, but its Olde Towne and High Street commercial district are gems worth visiting most any time. Although we live in Hampton Roads, we don’t always think of Portsmouth as a destination. So, we decided to revisit Portsmouth recently on a Saturday during the town’s Seawall Art Show and weekend Farmer’s Market.
The Farmer’s Market has a variety of vendors, from local vegetables, fresh seafood and meats, to honey, artisan baked goods and local flowers and crafts. The Seawall Art Show is one of two annual art shows along High Street and the waterfront and draws artists from across the state. The show had just the right number of booths to keep us interested, without being overwhelming.
Just a couple of blocks off of High Street you will find the Olde Towne Historic District which features some of the oldest homes between Alexandria, VA and Charleston, SC. The tree lined streets, brick sidewalks and Federal-style homes will take you back to a time when our country was still young.
Unlike its neighbor across the river, Norfolk, where very few historic buildings have been saved, Portsmouth can be proud of the history it has preserved. The Children’s Museum of Virginia and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum are also located in Portsmouth and will be stops for future excursions.