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.
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.
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.
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