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Portsmouth, RI

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Portsmouth Rhode Island

  • The town of Portsmouth is located in Newport County and has a population of 17,389 according to the 2010 census.
  • Most of Portsmouth's land area lies on Aquidneck Island which it shares with Middletown and Newport. Portsmouth also lays across smaller islands including, Prudence Island, Patience Island, Hope Island & Hog Island.
  • Portsmouth was settled in 1638 by a group of religious dissenters from Boston Colony. Officially named Portsmouth in 1639.
  • Size: 59.3 Sq Miles (Land: 23.2 Sq Miles, Water: 36.1 Sq Miles)
  • Zip Codes: 02871
  • Town of Portsmouth Official Website
  • Portsmouth Historical Society

Real Estate Facts


% of Value



Biz / Personal Prop

$15.80 100% $15.80 $22.50 $15.80

* last assessed in 2013 & has wholesale inventory exemptions

Around Town

Mount Hope Bridge
  • The Mount Hope Bridge connects Portsmouth with Bristol over the Narragansett Bay.
  • The towers are 285 tall.
  • The length of the main span 1,200 feet long.
  • The total length of the bridge is 6,130 feet.
  • Water clearance 135 feet.
  • Constructed in 1927 and Opened in 1929
  • Since 1976, the Mount Hope Bridge has been listed with the National Register of Historic Places (Structure #76000038).
  • No Pedestrians on Bridge! Bicycles allowed!

Portsmouth Free Public Library
  • Address: 2658 East Main Rd, Portsmouth RI 02871
  • Phone: (401) 683-9457
  • Portsmouth Free Public Library Website
  • According to the library website, "Portsmouth Free Public Library grew out of a proposal by the Rev. J. Sturgis Pearce of St. Paul's Episcopal Church to a group of interested Portsmouth residents on March 18, 1897. Earlier, in 1893, some members of the Church had formed a Thursday Evening Club to discuss literary and cultural matters. As the club grew, it became more and more difficult to have meetings of the club at a member's home as had been the custom. And so, at a public meeting of the club in 1897 attended by 55 people, Rev. Pearce proposed the establishment of a public library called the Portsmouth Free Public Library Association. The building site committee was extremely gratified when a member of the Library Association, John L. Borden, donated a parcel of land at the corner of Freeborn Street and East Main Road for the Library building. Plans were drawn up and with a great deal of volunteer help, the Library was built at cost of $2,363. The original officers of the Association chartered in 1897 were Rev. Pearce, Benjamin C. Sherman and Samuel Sanford. The first collection of books came largely from donations, one notable donation being that of 500 volumes by Mr. Charles A. Greene. Additions and renovations in 1931, 1965, 1975, 1990, and 2001 have increased the size of the building to approximately 9,515 square feet serving the Portsmouth community. The Library has one separate meeting room for public use. There are approximately 75,000 items in the Library. The Library is owned and operated by the corporation "The Portsmouth Free Public Library Association."


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