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
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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.
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Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2, 2021
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This virtual online course is intended to offer students in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, or related fields training in archaeological methodology.