The Museum’s largest orchard, opposite the Marden-Abbott Store, was planted in 1964 on a site that had once been the formal garden and orchard of the James Bartlett mansion. This orchard contains rare, historic fruit varieties favored by early New Englanders that help preserve and teach this region’s culinary and landscape history. Hands-on programs in the orchards include spring pruning and apple harvesting.
The orchard next to the Shapiro House produces apples that are also among the fruits that have become increasingly rare or extinct through industrialization, loss of farmland, and hybridization for mass-production. New England alone used to have over 1,500 distinct varieties.
The orchard next to the Sherburne House contains Roxbury Russet apples, the oldest named apple variety in North America. Strawbery Banke collaborates with local brewers and cider-makers to use the museum's harvest in traditional gruits and hard cider while helping to preserve the heirloom trees.
The apple orchards also sustain Strawbery Banke's beehives.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
2021 Historic House Season
Daily through Sunday, October 17, 2021;
10 AM - 5 PM.
Strawbery Banke Museum reopens for the season offering visitors the chance to 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.
Vintage & Vine
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Main Event 5 - 7:30 PM
Raise a glass in a toast to the return of Vintage & Vine, the fine wine and food festival, and Strawbery Banke Museum's main annual fundraiser.
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Every Tuesday through September 14, 2021; 5:30 - 7 PM.
Amid the summer splendor of Puddle Dock, this popular concert series is held every Tuesday night. Guests bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the open-air concerts featuring music by local artists.
The Puddle Dock Restaurant
The Puddle Dock Restaurant, located in the Dunaway Store at Strawbery Banke Museum, offers great "Modern Colonial" food, hospitality, and beautiful views to families of Portsmouth and visitors to the Museum.