“one of america's oldest european-settled neighborhoods”
Strawbery Banke is an outdoor history museum located in the South End historic district of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is the oldest neighborhood in New Hampshire to be settled by Europeans, and the earliest neighborhood remaining in the present-day city of Portsmouth. It features more than 37 restored buildings built between the 17th and 19th centuries in the Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style architectures. The buildings once clustered around a waterway known as Puddle Dock, which was filled in around 1900. Today the former waterway appears as a large open space.
One of my favorite spots in Portsmouth! Spent several hours here by myself last summer and have been dying to return. It's just across the street from the Gov. John Langdon House and there are tons of restaurants and parking nearby. Some hotels in town will also offer complementary tickets, so check with the front desk where you're staying. The property itself is a history lover's dream, and there's something for everyone. Whether you're into naval history, horticulture, colonial architecture, barrel making, or just life over the past 200 years, there's a building for you. There are also reenactors in several buildings who are extremely nice and knowledgable, as well as staff who lead some educational demonstrations (I learned how to operate a loom). The barrel making building has a man there who is a real cooper and you can watch him actually making barrels. One of my favorite stops, though, was the victory garden where they have a few chickens! Note that there is no cover when walking between buildings, so I recommend bringing an umbrella. Some buildings are accessible, but be aware that the buildings are old so there are some more narrow/steep stairs. Overall, I highly recommend. You'll be entertained for hours and come away with a lot of great stories!
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Strawbery Banke Museum
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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