DescriptionSettled in the early 1600s, Kittery was an important shipbuilding, shipping and lumbering center. One of the oldest shipyards in the nation and among the first owned by the federal government, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Seavey's Island was established in 1800. The Ranger, the first ship to fly the Stars and Stripes, was launched at Kittery under the command of John Paul Jones on May 10, 1777. In 1917 the first American submarine, the USS L-8, was launched from the Portsmouth Navy Yard.
Kittery is noted for its historic sites, rocky beaches and thriving outlet trade on US 1. Fort Foster, constructed soon after the Civil War, is situated on Gerrish Island in a park setting. The remains of the fort are open to the public Memorial Day to Labor Day, and visitors can enjoy views of Portsmouth Harbor, picnicking and nature trails.
ShoppingMore than 120 outlet shops can be found at Kittery Outlets , off N. US 1, including Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer and Reebok.
Attraction PlaceHoldersFort McClary State Historic Site