to the Portsmouth Area "America's Hometown"
Portsmouth, OH is the gateway to three states, seven
counties and within 90 miles of many major metropolitan
markets. Located in Scioto County, on the beautiful
Ohio River, Portsmouth, the county seat, was carefully
laid out where the Scioto and Ohio Rivers meet. Portsmouth
became the terminus for the Ohio Canal and still serves
as a major hub to railways and water transportation.
The city of Portsmouth, OH is just 89 miles south of
Columbus on U.S. 23; 112 miles east of Cincinnati, OH
via U.S. 52 (a scenic route) or State Route 32; and
54 miles west of Huntington, WV on U.S. 52. Travel to
our city is accessible by way of car, bus, air and rail.
Rail service is available with Amtrak, which stops across
the river in South Shore, KY. The Greyhound Bus Lines
services our area also. Portsmouth Regional Airport
offers a 5000 feet landing strip, restaurant, car rental,
and tie-down service.
history of our area dates from the discovery of the
Ohio Valley by the French in 1749. In 1803, Henry Massie
founded the city of Portsmouth. Due to the annual floods,
especially the two severe floods in 1808, the people
and the former county seat of Alexandria were moved
to present day Portsmouth. Portsmouth was officially
incorporated on December 29, 1814. The city was named
after Portsmouth, NH, the hometown of Josiah Shackford,
a good friend of Henry Massie.
is basically an industrial city and multiple industries
combined with an agricultural rural area provide employment
for most of the county's employable residents.
Portsmouth area has an outstanding variety of arts and
cultural activities to enjoy. One exceptional display
of art in our area is the Floodwall Mural Project. Painting
began in 1993 and was completed in October 2002 with
2200 feet of art along the beautiful Ohio River. All
of the murals were painted by internationally know muralist,
Robert Dafford from Lafayette, Louisiana.
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