|York Congregational church and town hall|
|Gaoler's house with portrait of Mrs, Gaoler|
If you look closely at a map you will discover that New Hampshire actually does have a coastline. All of about 16 miles worth at its southern tip. Within this tiny stretch of ocean front, just below Maine, sits Portsmouth, a fairly significant port town. Like many east coast towns in the 1950's, downtown Portsmouth was deteriorating and was slated for "urban renewal". Today that often means rebuilding and sprucing up a downtown area but in
|Strawbery Banke (the grass area use to be part of the harbor)|
Other sites, such as Colonial Williamsburg or the reconstructed Fort Boonesborough we saw last year, try to recreate a specific time in history. At Strawbery Banke they took a more longitudinal approach. One house might be restored to its colonial appearance, the next to the WW II era and the next to the early twentieth century immigration period. The idea is to give a feeling for how neighborhoods evolve and change over time.
|Learning how they built houses in the 17th century|
A ticket to the museum is good for two days though we were quite happy with as much as we could see in one. But it is certainly worth whatever amount of time you choose to spend.
|Governor's house from the 1880s|
|Model of the above house on a post in the garden. We saw the same thing done all over New England. I guess it's a thing.|
|World War II era bakery and general store|
|The shop girl talked about President Roosevelt non-stop|
|Learning to use ration stamps|
|Making change in the 17th century|
|21st century squirrel in residence|