There are few preserved colonial locations as picturesque and bustling as Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth. First founded in 1630 by British Settlers, Strawbery Banke was named for the wild strawberries that adorned the lush green fields near the harbor. Today, Strawbery Banke is a one-of-a-kind history museum with both outdoor and indoor sites, treasures, histories and other wonders. 375 years of history can be traced here on its ten-acre site. There are dozens of restored, authentic New England style colonial houses, costumed role-players, period gardens, and several amazing events! For more information regarding the history of Strawbery Banke, please refer to their website: http://www.strawberybanke.org/.
What are some notable spring activities at Strawbery Banke?
There are many things to see and do at Strawbery Banke. Each day you can sign up for a guided tour that will take you around the vast property or you can explore on your own. The garden tours typically run at 1pm and there is a special tour for 2014 related to the “Finding Home: Stores from a Neighborhood of Newcomers” exhibit. Although events consistently change each year at Strawbery Banke, they strive to create events that bring people, food and local awareness together. Therefore, they host several food and wine tasting events throughout the spring that feature local chefs and New Hampshire based wineries. A perennial favorite is “Chocolate Through the Ages!” put on by the Herb Society. They also have events that showcase their authentic period garden and beautiful landscaping. For a complete list of events during the spring at Strawbery Banke, please refer to this link: Strawbery Banke Spring Events Calendar. Also, because the grounds are so vast and beautiful, this is a perfect place to pack and picnic and relax on a beautiful spring day. We have to warn you, the famous Strawbery Banke black cat J.D. might just sneak up behind you and beg for a back scratch!
I heard Portsmouth itself is pretty neat. Are there any good places to shop or eat?
When you are finished exploring Strawbery Banke, make sure you traverse across Prescott Park and visit the winding, brick-laden town of Portsmouth. It’s as old as Strawbery Banke and features countless restaurants and shops to choose from. Some of the best restaurants in New Hampshire are here such as Black Trumpet, Mombo and Brazo. If you are in for a zany atmosphere with good comfort food, look no further than Colby’s or The Friendly Toast. Both establishments have delicious breakfast food all day long and eclectic furnishings. Just up the street and around the corner from Strawbery Banke is Pickwick’s Mercantile, a tiny specialty shop with British imports, delicious candy in jars, and beautiful knits, perfumes and other treasures! Make sure to look out for historical plaques and other signs that will detail the vast history of this picturesque New England town. Just a quick jaunt to the center of town to see the colossal white church is worth the trip! If you are in need of accommodations, definitely make sure to check out this link as it will help you: Lodging and Accommodations. For other resources regarding shopping, Shopping/Outdoor Businessesour link will definitely get you started.