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My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Strawberry Banke, History, Fairies and Something Free

There are  two reasons for my posting this now, one is, I'm sharing big bit of news that is at the very end of this post, because I just found out about it today. Second, it's about time I posted this almost two-year visit for you to learn a bit about history and this museum, plus I saw fairies.

The Strawbery Banke is an outdoor history museum with 39 historic buildings on their original foundations. The earliest dating to 1695. Many have been moved to this site in historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire. You feel like you are in a small town, and can walk into most where there is a guide to tell you information about the building.

I first went as a tourist many years ago. The most recent was almost two years ago, in September 2016, and then June 2017 for additional photos for this blog. Both programs are below to you can see what is offered at those times of the year.


A view of various streets.




Goodwin House, built c. 1811
"Home of Ichabod Goodwin and his wife, Sarah Parker Rice Goodwin. Ichabod and Sarah were married in 1827, and they had seven children, who grew up in the mansion. Mr. Goodwin was the governor of New Hampshire during the Civil War and was a prominent businessman."

Love this wallpaper, photo taken in a staircase.

Family parlor.

Formal parlor.

Goodwin's bedroom.



Garden behind the Goodwin House above.

The Chase House, kitchen below.






Lots of gardens.



The Little Corner Store, also known as the Marden-Abbott House, consists of a house, with a separate entry for the Little Corner Store.


Next to the Abbott store is the private Abbott kitchen.


Two miscellaneous houses (above and below).

Restoration projects and an archaeology dig.


The Shapiro House above, and rooms below.


Family genealogy tree and wall of family photos.


Different photos, one lightened.
The Shaprios bedroom, and a daughter's room.



Lots of activities for Museum Day.

I visited on Museum Day, because I chose this site as my free visit. Yes, it was crowded, which was fine because small children were dressed as fairies (mothers too), and it was quite festive, lots of activities and fun to watch. So my surprise to tell you you can see all the Smithsonian sponsored museums throughout the United States that are participating. Just choose one of the 308 locations you want to see for free, including the Strawberry Banke!

Museum Day (click on the red link.)

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Tickets will be available for the public to download beginning at midnight on August 15, 2018.
Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2018/#0rVrrDjVHUEblLG7.99
Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv
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My reason is because since November 2017 to May 2018, I received no comments, but upon investigating I found that I had indeed received 167 legitimate ones and 1,000 were in the spam folder. Google Blogger had made some changes that I was unaware of. Please be aware that I do not know who reads my blog, I may know who subscribes, but that is all.

One of the Most Recognizable Houses in Lowell, MA


In May 2015, I wrote a blog about the Ayer house, also known as Franco American School aka Franco American Orphanage. I toured this historic house, built in 1876, during the Lowell Open Doors weekend, and took a lot of photos.
If you click on the above link, you'll see my pictures of how it looked like inside for many years.

Little did I know that the following year, the house would be on the market to to sell. A huge surprise to everybody in Lowell. After it was sold, work was done inside for many months. This past May, this historic house was once again open to the public, and I took pictures of all three floors. Apparently, the space will be used for offices for lawyers, doctors, and other professionals. Furniture, wall hanging and curtains were in place, but what I liked the most were the sparkling new chandeliers, and clean and shiny woodwork (trim and floors). The tin ceiling, fancy molding and stained glass were cleaned and are still in place. If you look at my past post, you will notice a big difference.




If you've been inside this house, you might notice some of the rooms, hallways, and stained glass since those things weren't changed, just cleaned. I wanted to share photos, and since I loved the new chandeliers, they were photographed the most. I thought the furniture might have been for display, and wouldn't be permanent, so there's no use  photographing them.

Looking towards the front door.

Going up to the 2nd floor.

Portion of the stained glass.


The above and below are especially elegant.





Front right side porch. The chandelier seems a tad fancy for this room.


Going up to the 3rd floor.






View from the 3rd floor, looking down on 357 Pawtucket Street.

I have decided not to use the Comment feature for my blog. If you would like to leave a comment for me or ask a question, please write me at my email: BarbaraPoole@Gmail.com. Thank you.

My reason is because since November 2017 to May 2018, I received no comments, but upon investigating I found that I had indeed received 167 legitimate ones and 1,000 were in the spam folder. Google Blogger had made some changes that I was unaware of. Please be aware that I do not know who reads my blog, I may know who subscribes, but that is all.