Poultry Antiquities: The Old English Games, White Dorking, and White Faced Black Spanish are ancient breeds of domestic poultry that date back to the first century. These breeds were among the first imported by colonists to the New World.
The Clipper Ship Era: The Brahma and Cochin are Chinese breeds of domestic poultry that arrived in New England on clipper ships during the 1840s.
European Imports: The Leghorn is an Italian breed of domestic poultry. The Houdan is a French breed of domestic poultry. Both of these breeds arrived in the United States during the 1850s.
Colonial Breeds: The Dominique, Silver Spangled Hamburg, and the White Crested Black Polish are heritage breeds of domestic poultry that were prized by colonists. The Dominique is recognized as the first breed to originate from the United States.
Watch a heritage breed chick stretch at last year's event.
Turkeys are one of the only domestic poultry that are native to the Americas. When explorers arrived, they found domesticated turkeys, which were then brought back to Europe.
Waterfowl are domestic poultry that swim or live near water including breeds of ducks and geese. The following breeds originated around the world; Toulouse is a French breed of goose, Cayuga is an American breed of duck, Rouen is a French breed of duck, Runner is a Southeast Asian breed of duck, and Pekin is a Chinese breed of duck.
Take a "gander" at these ducks and geese chatting with each other, what do you think they are talking about? Maybe they are telling some duck tales!
Daily through Sunday, October 17, 2021,
10 AM-5 PM.
Explore over 300+ years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, in the Puddle Dock neighborhood. Tour historic houses on original foundations, meet costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations and explore heirloom gardens. Read more...
Vintage & Vine Online Auction
Now through Sunday, October 10, 2021
Browse, Bid, and Buy popular and exclusive items in the 2021 Vintage & Vine Online Silent Auction. Whether shopping for yourself or getting a headstart on the holidays, there is something for everyone. Read More...
Ghosts on the Banke - A Family-Friendly Halloween Event
BOTH NIGHTS SOLD OUT!
Trick-or-treat safely outdoors from house to historic house with Jack-o'-lanterns lighting the way of Portsmouth's oldest waterfront neighborhood. COVID-19 precautions followed.
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10 AM-6 PM
Strawbery Banke Museum hosts the 2021 Dawnland StoryFest, New Hampshire's Annual Indigenous Storytelling Festival. This year's festival is held online via Zoom and is dedicated in memory of Wolf Song, a well-respected and much loved Vermont Abenaki traditional storyteller. Free to attend. Suggested donation of $10. Preregistration required.
Historical Fiction Writing Virtual Homeschool Program Tuesdays, Nov. 2-30, 2021, 9-10 AM
Learn the art of creative writing through the lens of history. Working with a professional author, students hone their writing skills, use real historical primary and secondary sources, and develop their imaginations.