STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM

VICTORIAN HOT HOUSE (GREENHOUSE)

The hothouse, donated by the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel and historic in its own right, was recently rehabilitated for use as a Victorian hothouse featuring exotic plants varieties appropriate to 1870. This new exhibit won The Preservation Award from the Victorian Society in America.

The glass ceiling and walls in the hothouse are designed to trap heat generated by the sun’s rays. In the Victorian era, hothouses were most often heated with coal. In the future, Strawbery Banke Museum hopes to move toward solar power, in order to teach from the past for a more sustainable future.