Image: Families get to know more about heritage breeds at Strawbery Banke's "Baby Animals" event April 22-30.

Strawbery Banke Presents 2nd Annual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke


Portsmouth, New Hampshire (March 31, 2017) -- Strawbery Banke welcomes Spring April 22 through 30th with the 2nd Annual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke event. Visitors will meet more than a dozen heritage breeds of baby animals (and their moms) under a tent on museum grounds. Each variety is typical of livestock found in coastal northern New England farms from the 1600s to the present day. The event takes place daily, 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 5-17. Under 5, Strawbery Banke members and active duty military and their families admitted free. Tickets at


The heritage breeds at the Banke this year include:


·         Gloucester Old Spot pigs that arrived in New England in the 1900s and are often referred to as “orchard pigs” for their delight in foraging in fall groves; From Bittersweet Farms in Lyndeborough NH.

·         Large Black pigs, once almost extinct. From Hogwash Farm in Norwich VT.

·         Soay sheep, one of the oldest domesticated animals known to man and now quite rare. Native to the St. Kilda group of islands west of the Outer Hebrides. From Hermit Thrush Hill in Fonda NY.

·         Clun Forest sheep, an old breed from Shropshire in Northern Wales, introduced to the US with migrants from Nova Scotia. From Riverbank Farm in Salisbury NH.

·         Jacob sheep, identified in the Book of Genesis and prized in New England for their soft dark fleeces that are ideal for many weaving projects. From Hogwash Farm, in Norwich VT.

·         Nigerian goats, introduced to the US in the early 1900s and very popular in New England as they are easily-trained large milk producers that are easy to keep in small areas. From Tiny Hill Farm, Milton Mills NH.

Bunnies from Kerfluffle Fiber Farm in Lebanon ME.

·         Newly-hatched turkeys and ducklings in specially-constructed viewing brooders. From heritage breed hatcheries.


In addition to the animals, Strawbery Banke hosts fibre arts demonstrations and hands-on weaving activities as well as interpretive story-telling, in a tent adjacent to the main tent, each day. Tickets for all programs available online at


Meet the Animals Special Program for Kids

Monday, April 24 through Thursday, April 27, 9-10 am

Led by a heritage animal breeder and educator this program, presented for an hour before the animal tent opens to the public each day,  is designed to give children age 4 to 8  (all ages admitted) an opportunity to meet the baby lambs, kids, chicks and other animals, up close.  Participants will learn about milking, feed the animals and create a fiber craft gift to take home. Ticket includes a breakfast snack and all-day admission to the Baby Animals event. Tickets are $25 per child (must be accompanied be responsible adult, at no additional cost). Program is limited to 12 children per day.


“Strawbery Banke is delighted to bring the heritage breeds of animals back to the Puddle Dock neighborhood where many of them would have been familiar sights during the past three centuries,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, museum president and CEO.  “The first Baby Animals event last year was so popular, we decided to add a few more breeds of animals and expand the interactive program so children can understand how these animals contributed to daily life, even though they can’t touch the animals because of safety concerns.”


About Strawbery Banke Museum (

Strawbery Banke Museum, on the historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire waterfront, is a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life through heritage gardens, historic buildings, traditional crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, stories told by costumed role-players and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery for all ages.  A 501©3 non-profit, Strawbery Banke’s daily programs, exhibits, seasonal outdoor ice skating and signature special events throughout the year are made possible by members and by grants from Proulx Oil & Propane, R.M. Davis, CP Management, the NH State Council for the Arts, the NH Charitable Foundation, Lincoln Financial Group, the Institute of Library and Museum Services and many other individual and corporate donors.  For a complete calendar of events, please visit