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Strawbery Banke Museum

14 Hancock Street

Portsmouth New Hampshire 03801

2021 Historic House Season: 

Strawbery Banke Museum’s nearly 10-acre campus, including the historic buildings and historical gardens, is open daily through Sunday, October 17, 2021,
10 AM – 5 PM.

Vintage & Vine-Silent Auction

Now through October 10, 2021

Browse, Bid, and Buy popular and exclusive items in the 2021 Vintage & Vine Online Silent Auction. Whether shopping for yourself or getting a headstart on the holidays, there is something for everyone.

The Vintage & Vine Online Silent Auction, from September 10 – October 10, 2021 features items from these generous organizations that have donated gift cards, home goods, great escapes, beauty products, health and fitness packages and so much more to the Vintage & Vine online silent auction! 

Whether you’re interested in the history of the Puddle Dock neighborhood, the historic houses, or the museum’s gardens and historic landscapes, click on the link below for a virtual tour that will transport you to this historic waterfront neighborhood.

Link for Virtual tour:

Video Overview of Strawbery Banke:

Strawbery Banke has a virtual classroom:

Programs for Homeschoolers and Remote Learners:

The Historic Houses :

Strawbery Banke is unique among outdoor history museums in presenting a complete neighborhood’s evolution over 300+ years, with most of the 37 historic buildings on their original foundations. These structures link visitors to the people who lived on the Portsmouth waterfront from 1695 to 1954.
Strawbery Banke Museum began as a “save our history” effort by the citizens of Portsmouth. In the late 1950s, Puddle Dock, an area of dilapidated homes near the Piscataqua River was targeted for urban renewal. All the “substandard” homes in Puddle Dock — some of which dated back to the 1600s — were to to torn down and replaced with modern buildings. That was until city librarian Dorothy Vaughn addressed the Portsmouth Rotary Club one day in 1957.

That day Vaughn “laid it on the line” for the Rotary Club, telling them that every time one of the old houses was torn or an antique piece of Portsmouth furniture shipped out of town, the city was losing its past. The Rotary Club was galvanized into action, and while Puddle Dock did undergo urban renewal, much of it has been saved as a historic museum.

Link to the Historic Houses:

Link to the website:

Image Credit: Fall foliage at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H.,

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