The Portsmouth Fairy House Tour usually takes place each fall in the historic South End Neighborhood of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with more than 250 fairy houses built by creative professionals, community members, and students to be displayed on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, Historic New England's Governor John Langdon House, and Prescott Park.
This year, the Portsmouth Fairy House Tour has been modified to a virtual tour in order to keep all of our fairy house builders and admirers safe and healthy. Builders are hard at work creating beautiful homes to entice fairy friends and they are eager to share their whimsical creations with you! Register nowfor your virtual ticket to gain fairy ring-side access to this beloved community event from the safety and comfort of your living room!
This Portsmouth Fairy House Tour is produced by the Friends of the South End and all of the proceeds benefit the organizations, schools, and community groups who participate in the event. Since the Fairy House Tour began, more than $325,000 has been reinvested directly to the Portsmouth community.
Participating as a builder in the Virtual Fairy House Tours and need some inspiration? Check out this video from Erik Wochholz, Curator of Historic Landscapes.Please get permission before harvesting plants and flowers in the landscape at Strawbery Banke Museum.
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17th-Century Sherburne House Archaeology (virtual mini-lecture)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 4 PM EST
Join Alexandra Martin, Museum Archaeologist, as she discusses the findings of the Archaeological Field School during the 2019 excavation at the c.1695 Sherburne House. Free and open to the public. Preregistration required. Read more...
Virtual Homeschool Day: Archaeology Myth-Busters!
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2:30 PM EST
Join Alexandra Martin, Museum Archaeologist, as she dispels some of the myths about her work. Through an interactive slideshow and a lively conversation, learn what archaeology is really like. Read more...
American Girls Virtual Book Club
Session III: Meet Molly: An American Girl; Tuesday, April 27 - Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Get to know historical fiction characters from the American Girl Doll series with the Strawbery Banke American Girls Book Club. Designed for ages 6+ Read more...
Guided Mother's Day Tours
Sunday, May 9, 2021, from 10 AM - 3 PM
Join Strawbery Banke for a special Mother's Day tour celebrating Puddle Dock families and their matriarchs. During a 60-minute guided tour, explore three historic houses, meet a roleplayer, and learn the meaning of family throughout history. Read more...
2021 Virtual Archaeology Field School
Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2, 2021 6 spaces remaining!
This virtual online course is intended to offer students in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, or related fields training in archaeological methodology. Read more...