Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden
In the history of Portsmouth countless women rose above a rigid society to make their marks on the seaport city. In the 18th century, Allice Shannon Hight became a successful tavern keeper, outliving two husbands and providing for ten children. Alta Roberts, known as the Black Mystery of Portsmouth—always donned in black, she operated a successful brothel at the Roberts House Saloon in the nineteenth century. This collection of essays celebrates the victories of Portsmouth’s notable women.