New England Curiosities
Do you believe in ghosts? No? After a walking tour of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with author and historian Roxie Zwicker, you certainly will! Zwicker owns New England Curiosities, a tour and haunted event company. Her one- and two-hour ghost tours of Portsmouth combine history with great entertainment. So put on your walking shoes this fall and get ready for a fun and spooky time.
Zwicker leads a variety of tours, so you can focus on your favorite scary places. The Haunted Pubs of Portsmouth Walk, a private tour, kicks off at the haunted Blue Mermaid Island Grill (!) and visits at least six more pubs. A haunted theater tour exposes the ghosts at Seacoast Rep. “You’d be surprised by how haunted it is and how many ghosts it has,” says Zwicker, adding that the original building dates to the late 1800s, when it was a brewery storehouse. Other tours include Historic Portsmouth Legends and Ghosts; Legends, Ghosts, and Graves; Seacoast Haunted Lighthouses; Shadows and Stones Cemetery Tour; and Wicked Haunted Waterfront Tour.
Since many of the tours start at 6:30 or 7 p.m. at North Church on Congress Street, consider dining before or after the tour near Market Square. Rudi’s Portsmouth, 20 High Street, serves contemporary American cuisine. If you are in the mood for Italian food, Café Mediterráneo, 119 Congress Street, offers traditional bistro fare and Radici, 142 Congress Street, serves Italian fare with a modern twist.
Learn about Portsmouth starting in the Colonial era, its residents, and how the city has changed over the years. Tours by New England Curiosities run through mid-November rain or shine; prices range from $10 to $20 per adult for regularly scheduled tours. Zwicker, who has written seven books on local legends and lore, says her tours are researched and factual. She gives the tours a playful note by leading them in costumes that range from pirate to Victorian garb. Visit newenglandcuriosities.com for scheduled times, dates, and more information.