With just under 800 residents, Newington is primarily a business-oriented town. It is surrounded by water on 3 sides, Great Bay, Little Bay & the Piscataqua River. Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (PSM) and the New Hampshire National Guard are both located here. Because the residency of this town is relatively small, you get a small town feel, with upscale homes and new construction being built within minutes of Portsmouth & day-to-day amenities. Its public school system is small as well, with Newington Public School serving K-6th grades, and then students attend Portsmouth Middle School & Portsmouth High School. What is surprising and lauded is the amount of land that is publically owned by the town. It owns the 120-acre Fox Point on Little Bay, and 1100-acre Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Walking, Biking & Driving


This is primarily a driving town with so many shops and retail, but the Great Bay Wildlife Refuge & Fox Point offer a serene escape from the surrounding bustling town. Route 4 & 16 run through Newington, as well as Woodbury Avenue through the retail portion of Newington.

The Scene


Newington remains the Seacoast area’s town for major shopping and big business retail. It has one of the only area malls, The Mall at Fox Run’s, movie theater, as well as Walmart, Best Buy & lots of grocery stores. However, there has been a rise in residency and local spots like Lexie’s Landing on Great Bay & Stoneface Brewing are favorites. The Pease airport area also is home to many larger businesses which provide employment opportunities in the area, such as EP Newington Energy, Eversource, Fox Run Joint Venture & Sprague & Sons.

Backstory


Newington was formerly part of Dover. Bloody Point on Newington’s tip got its name from the battle over who owned this land amongst river settlers in the 1600s. In the mid-1600s, a ferry began between Bloody Point & Hilton Park in Dover. In 1712, a meetinghouse was built, with a bell, that was sent by residents of an English village named Newington. The town of Newington takes pride in preserving its history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with 110 acre Old Town Center and the oldest town forest in the U.S.