STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM

The Portsmouth cat who became a Strawbery Banke legend

JD was a real, live cat who lived across the street and a hop over the fence from the Goodwin Mansion at Strawbery Banke Museum. He lived with his loving family, Mary and David, and another cat, Murphy. They adopted JD from the NHSPCA because he seemed friendly and confident. And, they were correct! 

It wasn't long before JD discovered Strawbery Banke. Most days he could be found wandering the grounds, checking on "his" guests, and even, on occasion, slipping into one of the historic houses to curl up for a nap on a soft, quiet bed. However, his favorite place at the museum was sampling from the catnip patch in the Goodwin Garden

“Cat Chronicles at the Banke” is a tribute to the real cat that helped engage thousands of young people in local history and received lavish attention in return. Follow along as JD gives a tour of the historic houses, landscapes, and gardens of Strawbery Banke.