Rye was first established by David Thompson in 1623 at Odiorne's Point, the site of the first settlement in New Hampshire, called Pannaway. It was originally called Sandy Beach and was part of Portsmouth. It became incorporated as Rye, named after the borough of Rye, England in 1726.
Picturesque Rye has a coastline of just 8 miles, dotted with old names such as Wallis Sands, Jenness Beach, Locke's Neck, Ragged Neck, Rye Harbor, and Odiorne Point. In 1876, the thriving village of Gosport on Star Island in the Isles of Shoals was annexed to the town. Rye is the only New Hampshire town with Atlantic islands, having annexed four of the Isles of Shoals; the remaining five islands belong to Maine.
Rye is a lovely community that is located close to Portsmouth.