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
"Hit the Decks" Self-Guided Garden Tour
Saturday, May 15, 2021; 10 AM - 3 PM
Free and open to the public. Enjoy Strawbery Banke Museum in bloom with a self-guided garden tour during "Historic Homes Day" of Hit the Decks. Start a self-guided tour outside of the TYCO Visitors Center, be greeted by Museum staff, and collect a Visitor's Guide including information on the Museum's historical gardens and landscapes. COVID-19 protocols followed. No parking on site due to a private event. Click here for nearby parking options.
Exploring Portsmouth's Past Guided Tours
Saturday, May 29 - Monday, May 31, 2021; 10 AM - 3 PM
In this 90-minute guided tour, explore four historic houses, meet a costumed roleplayer, and discover how the Puddle Dock Neighborhood evolved in a response to economic, social, political, and cultural challenges and changes.
2021 Historic House Season
Saturday, June 19 - Sunday, October 17, 2021; 10 AM - 5 PM daily.
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.