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
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.
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.
Learn to Skate Session 1 Enrollment
Registration begins Monday, November 1, 2021, at 10 AM
Learn to Skate programs at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond are held on the outdoor ice rink at Strawbery Banke Museum. Lessons are taught by Lisa Langley, professional skating instructor.
Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars
Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 2021.
An outdoor-only experience to be held in rain, snow, or starlight. For the second year, Strawbery Banke presents "Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars," focusing on the lights, wreaths, roleplayers, and magic on the exteriors of the Museum's historic buildings. Covid-19 protocols followed. Ticket sales begin 11/3/21 at 10 AM.