Thursday, December 16, 2010
This year, since we'd done that two years, and well, there are so many things to see in our beautiful state, we thought we'd try something new. We wracked our brains for days to come up with just the right thing, when Music Man said, "how about Strawbery Banke? Do they do a Christmas thing?"
Strawbery Banke is one of the first establishments in the new world back in the 1600's, when NH was still part of Massachusetts. It is a museum of sorts, and has 36 buildings original to a time period when the country was still new and beyond. Thirty two of the buildings are original to the site and 4 have been moved to the site to save them from demolition in other parts of the town of Portsmouth, which is where all this history lies. Not the least impressive of the buildings relocated to the Banke is the Goodwin Mansion, which used to be on Islington Street and was moved there in 1963 to save it. To think this magnificent building would be torn down is really sad, but so glad that people with the foresight and ambition saved it for future generations. Below are some re-inactors singing Christmas carols in the parlor of the mansion...they have beautiful voices!
The dining room, set for dinner. I loved the hand made sign on the hearth...
I do not know the people sitting down, they were enjoying the carolers as well, but I loved the happiness on their faces.
The night ended with a cup of warm cider, some caroling, and the cat scavenger hunt that the Banke had arranged for the kids. They had to find a black stuffed cat in 7 of the buildings, a real highlight for them, and kept them thoroughly engaged in the night (what a great idea on the Banke's part!). A truly fun time for all of us, we loved the whole experience. I will definitely return when I can wander around in the summer and read all the information and history that is posted all over the museum.
Thank you to my inlaws for providing this experience and memory for all. And, if you've never been to Strawbery Banke or maybe it's been a while, stop and see the wonderful Christmas program they have set up, it's a very heartwarming and informative night!
Wishing for you a glimpse at Christmas' past, ~Peacemom