Plains Speaking: Portsmouth's 1696 Massacre in Fact and Fiction

Adjoining the Plains School is a tract of publicly-owned undeveloped land known as The Great Bog, where a 19th century railroad line is being transformed into a walking trail. Denise and Paul Pouliot, Abenaki specialists in Native plant use, and master gardener John Forti will lead participants into an environment that retains features that existed at the time of the massacre and will learn about native species and their traditional uses.

During the months of September and October, Pontine Theatre presents Plains Speaking: Portsmouth’s 1696 Massacre in Fact and Fiction, a series of events exploring the history and legacy of the massacre that occurred on the Portsmouth Plains on June 26, 1696. Pontine’s present home at the 1845 Plains School is located on this site. Our community’s longstanding interest in place-based history and historic preservation gave rise to the development of this program examining this important and overlooked part of Portsmouth’s history.  Plains Speaking is made possible through a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.  All activities are free and open to the public.

Due to limited space, preregistration is required. Reservations may be made by contacting Pontine Theatre via or 603.436.6660.