An Official Coast Guard City
One Of America's Most Historic Seaports
Mile Marker “0” - Intracoastal Waterway
Welcome to Portsmouth, Virginia.
Founded in 1752, Colonel William Crawford planned a town for the ages with a main thoroughfare fit for a King and named it High Street. Olde Towne boasts the largest collection of period homes between Charleston, South Carolina and Alexandria, Virginia. As one of America’s most historic naval seaports, Olde Towne includes both the oldest operating Naval Hospital and the first operational dry dock facility in the U.S. – the Gosport Shipyard. Portsmouth also holds the proud distinction of being an official U.S. Coast Guard City, designated in 2009.
Shop. Dine. Stay a while.
The Olde Towne experience has been treasured for over 250 years by travelers the world over. Discover a unique collection of fine antique shops, artist run galleries and one-of-a-kind specialty stores. Enjoy excellent dining, both indoors and out in one of our many fine restaurants and pubs. Relax in exquisite riverfront lodging or book an intimate room in a quaint Olde Towne bed & breakfast. You will also want to take in a movie at the renowned Commodore Theatre and a riverside concert at the Portsmouth Pavilion. Discover for yourself what Olde Towne has to offer by visiting us soon!