New England’s colonial history is part of its charm and understated elegance. It’s why we love to walk along its picturesque seaport roads, stay in its re-imagined historic buildings, and enjoy it’s time-worn traditions when we visit.
When you visit our Portsmouth boutique hotel, there’s a particularly unique way to connect with local history: The Strawberry Banke Museum.
Imagined as a place where guests can reach into the past through vibrant living experiences, Strawberry Banke re-creates the day-to-day life of multiple eras of Portsmouth’s history. Visitors can experience for themselves just how people lived over nearly four centuries in this ever-changing community.
The 10-acre site features preserved historic homes and shops, period gardens, and is populated with costumed actors who recreate a time capsule of authentic hustle and bustle.
In the summer and fall months, the museum is host to a number of unique festivals—including the upcoming New Hampshire Fall Festival on October 11th. Named the best of New Hampshire’s fall festivals, this harvest celebration includes local crafts, live animal demonstrations, workshops on fiber arts, food preservation and demonstrations on historic trades and industries.
And coming up in late October, you can visit the Banke for a spooky peek into days gone by with the museum’s famous halloween celebration. You’ll be able to trick or treat throughout the historic community while rubbing elbows with long-dead sea captains and infamous pirates. And if you’re inspired to get your costume on, you can even opt to march in the New Orleans style costume parade through the village’s ghostly lanes.
While there’s so much contemporary creativity to enjoy in New England—and Portsmouth in particular—we love how places like Strawberry Banke invite visitors to connect to the history that gives our region it’s quintessential character. Taking a historic detour is a great way to add something utterly unique and eye-opening to your next trip!