Strawbery Banke is a 10-acre waterfront neighborhood and museum in Portsmouth named by the first settlers in 1630 for the ... More
Strawbery Banke is a 10-acre waterfront neighborhood and museum in Portsmouth named by the first settlers in 1630 for the profusion of wild berries found on the shores of the Piscataqua River. Spend the day exploring the Portsmouth neighborhood known for 400 years as Puddle Dock. Stroll through the centuries from the 1600s to the 1950s. Visit historic houses, enjoy conversations with costumed role players, relax in the shade of award-winning period gardens and stroll the friendly lanes.
THIS PLACE WAS ANOTHER WORLD ON OUR TRIP FROM L.A. TO THE EAST COAST.MY WIFE SUGGESTED WE VISIT HERE AND I'M GLAD WE DID. SOME OF THE DOCENTS SEEM LIKE THEY REALLY LIVE THERE AND ARE EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE.IF YOU LIKE GOING BACK IN HISTORY, THEN THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU!
I liked the community aspect of this historic site. Unlike some others, the pace was low key. Docents were well-informed. The availibility of a variety of building from difference centuries is great. Nice preservation work going on.
We parked and went inside. Price was way to high for what one received...We looked around and decided..NO WAY...lower your prices and add more activity...We thought is was something upper Canada Village where people actually dressed and worked like the old days....This place was dormant..nothing was viewing old houses which is great if the price wasnt so high for so little
Three of us spent our holiday visiting the east coast early in Oct, Strawberry Banke was certainly on our list of places to see. We found it all quite avarage compared to other historic settlements we had visited thru the country.After a long drive, we got there at 3:00 pm and after paying the full admission, discovered that only a handful of houses were still opened...most all close at 3:00. After seeing them we could only walk around the grounds and visit the gift shop, of course. We were told that there would be alot to see and do at the ticket counter, but most everything was shut. Paying the full admission to see the little bit that were able was a joke....on us! We cerainly considered it to be a waste of time and money.
I went with my family, two adults an 18 year old teenager and two children to look at the craft fair that was advertised in the paper. Only to find out that we would have to pay $30.00 for the priviledge of looking. If we had also wanted to look at the houses it would have been $45.00!!!! I would have loved to have strolled around the tents and perhaps bought some things but found the cost to do so a deterrent as did my husband. Needless to say there were not a lot of people looking at the crafts or houses. We were not alone in this sentiment as several other families turned away for the same reason that we did. A hint would be if you want me to buy someone's crafts please don't set fees that act as a deterrent.
Strawberry Banke is living history, but one must take the time to stop and take a good look around. Follow the maps given to you at the ticket counter, and appreciate the beauty of times past. If you are seeking thrills, and fast times, move on, this isn't the place for you. If you enjoy stepping back in time, slowing down, and learning about history, then it is well worth the stop.
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