THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH MEMORIAL GARDEN
This 1908 Colonial Revival garden was created between 1908 and 1913 as a memorial to author Thomas Bailey Aldrich, next to The Aldrich House he grew up in with his grandfather. These stylized gardens were a romanticized interpretation of gardening during the Colonial era.
The Aldrich Garden is the oldest continuously planted garden on the Museum’s grounds. It was completely restored in 2008 with cedar-edged beds, brick pathways, heirloom plants, and an accessible entrance through the summerhouse.
The Garden features the most valuable part of Strawbery Banke Museum's living collection: a century-old circular grove of native hemlocks. The grove was planted at a time when industrialization was taking over the natural landscape.
Downloadable Garden Map (PDF)
Exhibit Panel (PDF)
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
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2022 Historic House Season
Open daily through October 31, 2022, 10 AM - 5 PM
Tour historic houses on original sites, meet engaging costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations, explore historical gardens, and experience engaging exhibits like "Water Has a Memory."
Vintage & Vine Online Auction
September 2-25, 2022
Browse, bid on, and buy unique items and experiences in the Vintage & Vine Online Auction. Whether shopping for yourself or getting a head start on the holidays, you'll find something for everyone, including great escapes, health & fitness packages, food & beverage, and so much more.
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Explore traditional arts and crafts such as basket weaving and woodworking, learn how to write a historical fiction book, solve mysteries using documents, images, and objects, and so much more in Strawbery Banke's Homeschool Programs. Access all onsite and virtual programs for 2022-2023 with a homeschool program subscription.
Ghosts on the Banke - A Family-Friendly Halloween Event
October 28 & 29, 2022, 5:30-8 PM
Trick-or-treat safely outdoors from house to historic house. Meet wayward pirates and a mysterious fortune-teller, listen to ghostly tales, construct a giant spider web, dance to spooky musical tunes, and play games for prizes. Public ticket sales begin on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 10 AM.
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10 AM-5 PM
Dawnland StoryFest is hosted by Strawbery Banke in connection with the Museum's permanent "People of the Dawnland" exhibit. This daylong event, held in the Visitors Center, features storytelling "concerts" or performances by five experienced Indigenous storytellers as well as a keynote address. Free to attend with a suggested donation of $10.