Hey guys! While on our recent vacation to the New England area of the States, we spent an afternoon in the beautiful New Hampshire!
I actually fell in love with the Memorial Bridge. Built between 1920-1923, it is a World War I memorial with a plaque stating:
- "Memorial to the Sailors and Soldiers of New Hampshire who participated in the World War 1917-1919."
While visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire we stopped and toured the Strawberry Banke Museum. The museum is a small community of buildings that have been preserved and rescued from demolition. These homes are super old, some being built back in the late 1600's. 32 of the buildings at Strawberry Banke are on their original sites, and 4 were moved here to save them from being demolished. It's a not-for-profit educational organization where you are able to walk through and look at all of the buildings and see firsthand what life was like during the Civil War era.
As a visitor you get a map of the grounds and there is a brief description on each of the buildings.
It's so beautiful here!
It was amazing how modern and pretty some of these homes were. A lot of the homes were owned by successful people at the time, and I absolutely fell in love with them! So simple and classic, I love these old houses!
Chamber pot, anyone?
(A chamber pot, in case you didn't know, refers to a "potty" or pee-pot that folks would use as a toilet at night. Normally kept at the foot of the bed, all of the bedrooms had these in them in all of the houses).
At the Strawberry Banke Museum you will occasionally see a "role-player", where characters are in full-dress and teach you about what was going on at the time, the family that lived there, that sort of thing. The kids here in this particular photo loved it. The lady at the table is the character of Mrs. Shapiro - a Ukranian Jewish immigrant in 1919.
Some buildings/homes/features on the property have not been restored, and those were some of my favorite places to see.
The Pitt Tavern was my favorite of all the buildings. It's a Revolutionary War-era tavern that so many dignitaries visited. It was so hard to believe that I was standing in the same spot where George Washington and John Hancock both had stood before me. So cool!
This particular house, the Sherburne House, was built in 1695 and then later remodeled in 1703. The darker colored wood is what has been restored, the older/lighter wood is original.
The community as a whole is very patriotic, and in one of the buildings I fell in love with this billboard. People are encouraged to write on a card if anyone they are related to served in any war and what happened to them. It meant so much to me to read these cards left by visitors, telling about how their grandfathers or great-grandfathers served this country and what they went through.
If you are into this sort of thing, then I highly recommend going to the Strawberry Banke Museum. So historical and fun to see! Here is a closeup of the explanations of each of the buildings, in case you are interested in learning more.