New England is known for its nature and history, though many of its most famous historical sites are in Boston, there are hidden gems in each state.
The Strawberry Banke Museum located near Manchester, New Hampshire is one such example. It gives visitors a chance to see how people in the late 17th to early 20th centuries lived. The museum consists of an entire neighborhood of restored houses, as well as exhibits and beautiful gardens.
In the 1950s the neighborhood that Strawberry Banke consists of almost became the victim of urban renewal policies, until the locals stepped in. Fitting for a museum that focuses on communities of the past, Strawberry Banke is supported by its local community in the present, with no single benefactor contributing to its modern existence.
While many historical sites and museums give us insight into the major events and wars of history, few give us a direct window into how the common people of the past lived. Strawberry Banke, with its emphasis on the everyday through its restored houses and exhibits, gives us this unique insight, and is thus a must-see for those looking to dig a little deeper into the rich history of New England.