THE WALSH HOUSE TEACHING GARDEN
The Walsh Garden represents the plant selections common to New England in the 1700s when gardening began to satisfy needs for leisure as well as for food. This new pastime helped introduce ornamental elements such as the Federal-style grape arbor and bench, complemented with "collectible" ornamental plants.
Often brought back to America from mercantile sailing voyages, including those made by Captain Keyran Walsh who built the adjacent house, plants included the China rose, lilac (the first lilacs in the country were introduced nearby in Portsmouth at the home of Royal Governor Benning Wentworth), currants, peony, iris, and daylilies. Native plants such as Oswego tea and Joe Pye weed accented the exotic.
This garden is dedicated to the memory of Sally Childs who helped to plant the seeds of the garden program at Strawbery Banke Museum.
Downloadable Garden Map (PDF)
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2022 Historic House Season
Open daily through October 31, 2022, 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."
Vintage & Vine Online Auction
September 2-25, 2022
Browse, bid on, and buy unique items and experiences in the Vintage & Vine Online Auction. Whether shopping for yourself or getting a head start on the holidays, you'll find something for everyone, including great escapes, health & fitness packages, food & beverage, and so much more.
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Explore traditional arts and crafts such as basket weaving and woodworking, learn how to write a historical fiction book, solve mysteries using documents, images, and objects, and so much more in Strawbery Banke's Homeschool Programs. Access all onsite and virtual programs for 2022-2023 with a homeschool program subscription.
Ghosts on the Banke - A Family-Friendly Halloween Event
October 28 & 29, 2022, 5:30-8 PM
Trick-or-treat safely outdoors from house to historic house. Meet wayward pirates and a mysterious fortune-teller, listen to ghostly tales, construct a giant spider web, dance to spooky musical tunes, and play games for prizes. Public ticket sales begin on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 10 AM.
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10 AM-5 PM
Dawnland StoryFest is hosted by Strawbery Banke in connection with the Museum's permanent "People of the Dawnland" exhibit. This daylong event, held in the Visitors Center, features storytelling "concerts" or performances by five experienced Indigenous storytellers as well as a keynote address. Free to attend with a suggested donation of $10.