WORLD WAR II VICTORY GARDEN
The Victory Garden next door to the Marden-Abbott House and Store recreates the c. 1944 garden of the Pecunies family, who resided on the site during WWII. Victory gardens provided an important, locally-supplied, alternative source of fresh food while the country supported rationing measures designed to free up labor and transportation for military needs. At the height of their success, Victory Gardens accounted for nearly half of all fresh produce grown in the country during the War. The plant selections in this garden were drawn from oral histories, period seed catalogs and wartime government publications.
The Victory Garden explores the idea of preserving fresh-grown vegetables, as well, providing suggestions on home canning and seed-saving.
In addition to raising vegetables, families in the Puddle Dock neighborhood also raised chickens, ducks and geese for eggs and meat. In 2015, Strawbery Bane built a reproduction chicken coop based on 1950s photographs, next to the Victory Garden. For more on the chicken coop and other barnyard animals at Strawbery Banke, click here.
Downloadable Garden Map (PDF)
Exhibit panel (PDF)
1940’s Victory Garden educational film
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
2021 Historic House Season
Saturday, June 19 - Sunday, October 17, 2021; 10 AM - 5 PM daily.
Strawbery Banke Museum reopens for the season offering visitors the chance to explore over 300+ years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, in the Puddle Dock neighborhood. Tour historic houses on original foundations, meet costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations and explore heirloom gardens.
Give a Little, Get a Latte
Through June 30, 2021
Make a recurring $25 monthly gift (minimum) to Strawbery Banke Museum before June 30, 2021, and receive a free latte courtesy of Cup of Joe. Every gift helps keep history alive and accessible to everyone.
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Tuesday, June 22 - Tuesday, September 14, 2021; 5:30 - 7 PM.
Amid the summer splendor of Puddle Dock, this popular concert series is held every Tuesday night. Guests bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the open-air concerts featuring music by local artists.