06.26.16 Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Sunday, June 26.2016 Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life. The Museum is a place for people of all ages to gather to explore eight heritage gardens, 32 historic buildings and traditional crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, the stories told by costumed role-players offer hours of fun and discovery. The Museum’s restored buildings and open space invite visitors to immerse themselves in the past, using objects from the museum’s collection of 30,000 artifacts, and the histories of the families who lived and worked in the Puddle Dock neighborhood to engage, educate and entertain.

Here’s a map showing the 10 acre location.

strawbery banke mapWe walked through every house, the general store, the gardens, greenhouse, tavern, and more.  I really enjoy seeing the flowers and plants that do not grow in Louisiana and this place was loaded with them.  A few of the houses were not restored but were used to display house building tools from that era, one showed what the house would be like if just left as is and not restored,  and one showed the various layers of wall, floor and ceiling construction from days past.  These things are what you’ll see in the photos that follow.  I’d highly recommend visiting this if you are in the area.  The cost was $19.50 per person but it was a good 3 hour tour.  Could have been longer if we weren’t tiring out from all the walking.  Plus we were ready to eat lobster!!

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These next two were some of my favorite spots.  Madisyn would love this!20160625_143929 20160625_144016


1866 baseball bats, balls and uniform! This was at the Children’s Discovery House.


One of these is a modern day hula hoop, the rest are old wooden ones.  Children were enjoying playing with them!20160625_16092220160625_145522 20160625_145530


Inside some of the restored and decorated homes.20160625_151607 20160625_151949 20160625_153322

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The General Store20160625_154417

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20160625_16113920160625_161202  This is the house left just as it would have been with no renovation since it was originally built.

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Some of the houses that make up this village.20160625_151035

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Roy told me “hop in” so I did!


Next I’ll share with ya’ll a little more of the RV park we just left in Northwood, NH.  We just arrived in Orange, VT where we’ll live for several days seeing all we can in the area.  Lots of factory tours here and we’ll spend a couple of days visiting those! There is an automobile race at a nearby track on Thursday evening.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:1-3 KJV This evening was promising to be a beautiful one. But when the clouds put on their show I was amazed even more than usual. The structures were amazing, and they were changing as fast as the light. This beautiful glow on the high wispy clouds only lasted for a few moments. What a beautiful time of year!


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