Greetings from Portsmouth Rhode Island

The Portsmouth Free Public Library was built in 1897 and has had several additions and renovations since then.  It is one building of approximately 9,515 square feet serving the Portsmouth community. There are approximately 75,000 items in the library. Many that offer an historical reference to the ever-changing town of Portsmouth, including geographical maps, yearbooks and currently rare photos and documents of Portsmouth in the 1700’s to the present day.

The John T. Pierce, Sr. Portsmouth Historical Collection serves to engage the public with visual documents of a past that help build the stepping stones to what all communities can appreciate.

Wind Mills

(wind mills, historical, Rhode Island, illustrations, photographs, transportation, cars, buildings, middletown, portsmouth, prescott farm mill, wyatt mill, 1800’s, 1900’s, 1920’s, 1930’s)

Vanderbilt Glen Farm

(illustrations, postcards, people, children, buildings, houses, ships, transportation, rivers, photographs glen farm, the glen, mrs. vanderbilt farm, oakland farm, newport, 1800’s, 1900’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, taylor’s  yacht, vanderbilt glen farm)

Post Office and Wagon

(buildings, children, people, post office and wagon, transportation, photographs, island park, portsmouth, rhode island, historical, post office, postal service, mail wagon)

Trolley Cars

(people, children, trolleys, trolley cars, cold weather, snow storms, ri towns, newport, portsmouth, middletown, photographs, rivers, stone bridge, bristol ferry, railways, buildings, ferry tickets)

Town Government Fire Dept.

(documents, cars, town government fire dept.)

The Railroad

(ferry tickets, cold weather, snow storms, people, buildings, coal mine, railroads, newport)

The Islands

(people, rivers, illustrations, gould island, hen island, island park cove, tommy island, islands)

The Old Stone Bridge

(old stonebridge, hummock, tiverton, blacksmith shop, motor generator, bridgeport block, louis lou monroe, gil manchester, parades, inns, ferries, lawton house, hurricanes, wilcox market, grecian temple, 1938, postcards, buildings, photographs, people, mr. r.j. barker, illustrations,h.m. bundy, issac bailey, snell bridge, ferry tickets)


(mccorrie school, vaucluse school, children, bristol ferry school, buildings, schools, gibbs school, peoople)

Portsmouth Tri-Centennial

(island park, people, cars, trolley, railways, railroads, houses, buildings, postcards, photographs)