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
2022 Historic House Season
Open daily 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."
Flag Day Commemoration
Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 9 AM
Join Strawbery Banke and alumni from Haven School, Farragut Elementary School, and the North End school for a Flag Day commemoration. Free to attend and open to the public.
Tuesdays on the Terrace Outdoor Concert Series
Tuesdays, June 21 - Sept. 13, 2022, 5:30 - 7 PM
Enjoy acoustic music amid the summer splendor of Puddle Dock with Strawbery Banke's popular annual concert series. Each Tuesday evening from 5:30 - 7 PM, a variety of local musicians perform on the open-air stage.
Save the Date! Vintage & Vine
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Member ticket sales begin on June 6, 2022! Mark your calendars for the 34th annual Vintage & Vine, the fine wine and food festival. The event is championed by the Board of Trustees and takes place when the Museum is at its finest, burnished to perfection by the season.