Heritage House Program
The Heritage House Program (HHP) is a cultural, community, and economic initiative to restore and lease underutilized properties at Strawbery Banke Museum in the historic center of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The Heritage House Program combines two of Strawbery Banke’s unique assets:
- Historic houses in poor condition at an exceptional location.
- The extraordinary level of goodwill that exists towards the museum.
The program creates a virtual endowment fund to support the long-term cultural and community programs that this iconic institution provides to the New England region.
If you would like more information on renting a commercial or residential space from Strawbery Banke, please call Rodney Rowland Director of Facilities and Environmental Sustainability at 603.422.7525.
More about the HHP:
The Heritage House Program rehabilitation work also often uncovers bits of Portsmouth's past, including buttons and images and heirloom seeds:
Artifacts from Walsh House. Heirloom seeds from the site.
For a brief video on the Heritage House Program as one of several Portsmouth initiatives funded by the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, click here.
For the NPR "All Things Considered" story, click here.
The program has three inter-related objectives:
- To restore the exteriors of these historic houses to their original period condition so that they can assume their rightful position as an integral part of the museum.
- To provide attractive office and residential space for rent at this unique location in downtown Portsmouth. The program will add approximately twenty-five new tenants, bringing back the bustle of a village that has existed on this site since earliest times.
- To generate ongoing market rental income that will be available to maintain the houses in good condition and generate a revenue surplus to support educational and other programs and initiatives at the Museum.
The Program covers 15 buildings on the Strawbery Banke campus. Phase 3 is now underway. For "before" and "after" images and descriptions of HHP project houses, click here.
This project is supported by donations and in-kind contributions, including the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and received the 2016 Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award from the NH Preservation Alliance.
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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.