Friends of the South End (FOSE) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to building community and preserving the unique character of the South End Historic District of Portsmouth, NH.  We advocate for the interests of the neighborhood and for the greater good of the City.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote social welfare and civic involvement within the City of Portsmouth through education and arts programs, cleanup of parks and cemeteries, care of historic buildings and preservation of shade and green spaces.

A Special Place to Live – A Beautiful Place to Visit

The South End is home to numerous historic sites and attractions, including Strawbery Banke Museum, The Wentworth Gardner&Tobias Lear Houses, Governor John Langdon House, the gardens of Prescott Park and the recreational area on Peirce Island.   Many of the homes we live in are part of the City’s historic legacy. Since it was organized in the 1970’s, FOSE has worked to protect and enhance this legacy in partnership with the historic sites and tourism venues in our neighborhood. We take an active role in the present and future of our community, while helping to preserve the past.

  • We advocate:  When there are issues affecting the future of the South End and the City of Portsmouth, FOSE members make their voices heard.  We disseminate information.  We get involved through committees and forums.  We take a leadership role involving current community concerns.   FOSE also hosts the Semi-Annual City Council Candidates Night for a lively debate on the issues.
  • We build community:  Through a year-round calendar of events, we bring neighbors together to meet one another… to work on special projects…to unite through special interests and activities.  We offer opportunities to volunteer and to get involved.  Most importantly, we have fun!  We host theater parties, dinners and lobster bakes, neighborhood clean-up days, and more.  Everyone gets together in the summer at the Annual ‘National Night Out’ FOSE Picnic on Peirce Island.
  • We volunteer:  FOSE’s signature event is the annual Fairy House Tour, run by volunteers for the benefit of the non-profit organizations, schools and educational facilities in the South End and the City at large.  Held every September, the event has grown into a major attraction for visitors and residents, raising funds for our community partners.
  • We keep you informed:  We distribute timely information to members through FOSE email Alerts.  Whether it regards safety, upcoming events or meetings, volunteer opportunities or City-wide concerns, members hear about it first through FOSE Alerts.  Our quarterly newsletter gives a close-up look at our history, events and the people that make our neighborhood special.   And in true New England tradition, the South End Exchange is an email open market where members can offer or look for a wide variety of goods and services.  Our Annual Meeting provides a synopsis of the year and a lively discussion among members and the FOSE Board.

Our Organization

In 2012, FOSE was organized to operate as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization and is in the process of seeking 501(c)(4) status.  FOSE is governed by a Board of Directors.