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
Daily through Sunday, October 17, 2021,
10 AM-5 PM.
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.
Vintage & Vine Online Auction
Now through Sunday, October 10, 2021
Browse, Bid, and Buy popular and exclusive items in the 2021 Vintage & Vine Online Silent Auction. Whether shopping for yourself or getting a headstart on the holidays, there is something for everyone.
Ghosts on the Banke - A Family-Friendly Halloween Event
BOTH NIGHTS SOLD OUT!
Trick-or-treat safely outdoors from house to historic house with Jack-o'-lanterns lighting the way of Portsmouth's oldest waterfront neighborhood. COVID-19 precautions followed.
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10 AM-6 PM
Strawbery Banke Museum hosts the 2021 Dawnland StoryFest, New Hampshire's Annual Indigenous Storytelling Festival. This year's festival is held online via Zoom and is dedicated in memory of Wolf Song, a well-respected and much loved Vermont Abenaki traditional storyteller. Free to attend. Suggested donation of $10. Preregistration required.
Historical Fiction Writing Virtual Homeschool Program
Tuesdays, Nov. 2-30, 2021, 9-10 AM
Learn the art of creative writing through the lens of history. Working with a professional author, students hone their writing skills, use real historical primary and secondary sources, and develop their imaginations.