Does anyone like old houses?  Last week, Handy Man had a couple of days off, so we went to Portsmouth and toured Strawbery Banke, a living history museum in Portsmouth, NH.  There is a visitor’s center with a short video about Strawbery Banke, and then you can take a self-guided tour through the grounds.  There are houses from the late 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s. The homes were decorated for different time periods; and some homes were still being renovated.

The walls of some homes were opened so you could see the layers of plaster, lath and timber that they used to build the houses. Rob was very interested in the construction techniques.  There were also a few people cooking on the hearths…the food smelled SO good!

There was so much to look at; these photos are just a sampling.

Rob checks out the oldest home in Strawbery Banke, built in the 1790s.

For those interested in gardens, they had several gardens that are maintained in the style of different time periods.  There was also an interesting store that had packages of food from 1940’s war time, and displays about ration stamps used during that time period.

This house isn’t part of Strawbery Banke, but it was nearby and I couldn’t resist taking a picture of it.  There are also walking and virtual tours of historic landmarks in Portsmouth NH that you can take: Portsmouth Harbour Trail.

I don’t think that I have written about this yet, but we have owned two old houses in the past.  One of my (big!) projects is to add photos of our old houses to this site, and pictures of the renovations that we did.  I’m not sure when that will happen, but stay tuned! (By the way, the house we live in now was built in the 1990s, but that is a story for another day…)

Do you like old houses?  Did you grow up in one, or do you live in one now?

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