Portsmouth Possessions: Objects that Shaped the City

Opening June 1, 2023

In 2023, the City of Portsmouth is celebrating the 400th anniverary of its settlement. Strawbery Banke presents a special exhibition featuring objects with local provenance to Portsmouth. Some featured objects appear in A History of Portsmouth NH in 101 Objects, on sale in the Lawrence J. Yerdon Visitors Center. 

Textiles, such as the suit of clothes worn by Revolutionary figure Samual Cutts, who met Paul Revere on Daniel Street, are on display in Pitt Tavern.  A pink synthietic dress worn by Pat Brackett to the 1954 Portsmouth High School prom can be viewed in the Pridham House. 

Other Portsmouth related objects such as items related to George Washington and his ties to the City, furniture made and used in local homes, items related to local industry like brewing and personal items such as portraits and samplers are on view in the historic houses and the Visitors Center.

These personal possession reflect the life and times of their owners and Strawbery Banke has collected them to help illustrate their experiences. 

The Portsmouth Possessions: Objects that Shaped the City exhibit is open daily from June 1 through October 31, 2023, and is included with general museum admission.