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.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
17th-Century Sherburne House Archaeology (virtual mini-lecture)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 4 PM EST
Join Alexandra Martin, Museum Archaeologist, as she discusses the findings of the Archaeological Field School during the 2019 excavation at the c.1695 Sherburne House. Free and open to the public. Preregistration required.
Virtual Homeschool Day: Archaeology Myth-Busters!
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2:30 PM EST
Join Alexandra Martin, Museum Archaeologist, as she dispels some of the myths about her work. Through an interactive slideshow and a lively conversation, learn what archaeology is really like.
American Girls Virtual Book Club
Session III: Meet Molly: An American Girl; Tuesday, April 27 - Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Get to know historical fiction characters from the American Girl Doll series with the Strawbery Banke American Girls Book Club. Designed for ages 6+
Guided Mother's Day Tours
Sunday, May 9, 2021, from 10 AM - 3 PM
Join Strawbery Banke for a special Mother's Day tour celebrating Puddle Dock families and their matriarchs. During a 60-minute guided tour, explore three historic houses, meet a roleplayer, and learn the meaning of family throughout history.
2021 Virtual Archaeology Field School
Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2, 2021
6 spaces remaining!
This virtual online course is intended to offer students in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, or related fields training in archaeological methodology.