Portsmouth, the charming coastal city in New Hampshire, welcomes every year more than 9 million tourists who flock to the city to witness its marvelous attractions and take part in its unique activities. People enjoy hitting Portsmouth's iconic Market Square, its splendid Prescott Park, its beautiful Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, and stupefying Warner House. Moreover, Portsmouth is home to the USS Albacore, the world's fastest submarine. It also has a stunning Black Heritage Trail.


Additionally, Portsmouth houses historic mansions and homes, such as the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion, Governor John Langdon House, John Paul Jones House, and Rundlet-May House. However, there's one unique attraction that people visiting Portsmouth head first to: the iconic Strawbery Banke Museum, which embodies four centuries of the city's history.

Related: Vermont Vs. New Hampshire: Which One Are You Better Off Visiting?

Here's What To Know About The Strawbery Banke Museum In Portsmouth

The iconic Strawbery Banke Museum is located on Puddle Dock, the original seaport of Portsmouth. This living history museum depicts local life in Portsmouth from the 1600s till the 1950s. A group of residents in 1958 founded the museum. They wanted to preserve their city's history, which is why they saved more than 30 buildings from being demolished in 1964. Those founders of Strawbery Banke opened it as a museum in 1965. What's so special and unique about the Strawbery Banke is that several furnished and staged houses are used as residences inside it. However, some other homes are dedicated exclusively to exhibits, education, historical demonstrations, and children's activities.

Moreover, the Heritage House Program is working on restoring several other buildings and residences in Strawbery Banke. Architecture buffs, lovers of crafts, furniture, gardening, textiles, or food, will all have something to love and fancy at Strawbery Banke. When visiting the museum, people will go to the Tyco Visitor's Center, where a guide will give them a map that details the day's scheduled events. Next, they will step out into the Goodwin Gardens, where they will get to the grand c. 1811 Federal-style Goodwin Mansion. The latter is a furnished house at Strawbery Banke. The former owner of this mansion is Ichabod Goodwin, who was a Governor of New Hampshire for two years during the Civil War.

Related: Does New Hampshire Have A State Food? Here's What's Worth Eating While You're There

This Home Is A Must See At The Strawbery Banke Museum

Outside the museum's houses, there are hanging flags, each matching the corresponding place's era.

Walking through the village, people will witness the historic Georgian dream house of the early 19th-century merchant Stephen Chase. The home features beautiful doorways and a unique gambrel roof. Moreover, people will enjoy beholding the beauty of the impressive fireplace in the parlor room. Additionally, the stairway railing is something too fancy at this house, along with its carved newel post. Other rooms that are so attractive in Stephen Chase's home at Strawbery Banke are the sun-filled bed-chambers.

Another home worth visiting at the museum is the first house in Portsmouth, Aldrich House. It is also one of the first homes in the United States to undergo a restoration process to a specific period in its past. The house features festooned trellis and magnificent gardens. It became part of the museum in 1979. Next is the Revolutionary War-era tavern established in 1766, the Pitt Tavern. The latter was visited by many dignitaries, such as the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington, and John Hancock. Another place worth stopping at when touring the Strawbery Banke Museum is the Marden-Abbott House and Store. The latter boasts a kitchen, chicken coop, store, and victory garden. People can check the wartime photos, period appliances, and radio at Bertha Abbott's 1940s-era Kitchen.

Those Houses At Strawbery Banke Date Back To The 1700s

It is worth visiting the Shapley-Drisco House when touring Strawbery Banke. The house dates back to 1790. However, an extra front door was added later when the house was converted into apartments. People can witness how Shapley-Driscoll House would have looked in the 1790s and when it was occupied in the 1950s.

When going on a tour through the Strawbery Banke Museum, people will have the chance to see many trade demonstrations, where there are buildings dedicated to spinning, coopering, weaving, and authentic cooking.

Moreover, architecture buffs can enjoy the ongoing restoration process at the Strawbery Banke and the art of historic architecture there. There is an example of a house that illustrates that, and that is Jackson House. The latter is preserved without restoration. As the Strawbery Banke Museum says, it does so to "teach about the nature of the evidence of change in architecture and decoration, and the process of research." Another building worth checking at the museum is the Sherburne House which is dedicated to teaching. The latter is the only remaining building from the 1690s at the Puddle Dock site.

Next: This Is What It's Like To Stay At New Hampshire's Omni Mount Washington Resort