Skating at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke

Skating at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke

It has been amazing to see the vision of some dedicated and passionate locals come to life!  The folks behind Puddle Dock Pond fought a long/hard battle to see this project through, and as I have heard many people say since it’s opening – it is hard to imagine that such a phenomenal and quintessentially New England winter venue wasn’t here sooner.  I can’t wait to bring my family down for a skate once our little one is big enough to don a pair of ice skates!  In the meantime we’ll settle for enjoying the fun from the sidelines topped off with a hot chocolate next door.  A sincere THANK YOU to those who donated time and money to make sure that this project saw the light of day.  It is amazing to have another great winter activity right here in our own back yard!

Strawbery Banke in the Snow


A quiet afternoon at Strawbery Banke in the snow from a few winters back.  I’m trying to mentally prepare for the winter ahead and I’m looking forward to our first big storm to get out and photograph the quiet side of Portsmouth that comes around.

Strawbery Banke and The North Church

Strawbery Banke is one of the places you can visit in Portsmouth and be brought back in time. The interiors of the structures provide the look and feel of life decades and even centuries ago.  At just the right vantage point in the museum’s field, you can see nearly the entire top half of the North Church steeple framed perfectly by the buildings in the foreground.

Court Street Crosswalk

Portsmouth’s historic district is full of beautiful buildings and brick sidewalks. The yellow house on the right belongs to Strawbery Banke and has been repainted recently, bringing the exterior of the building to a nice crisp appearance at the corner of Court Street and Washington Street.

Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke

The holidays are a distant memory at this point, but I love this image taken on the grounds of Strawbery Banke during their annual Candlelight Stroll.  The subtle lighting along the pathways that navigate guests through the museum adds a nice element, especially at dusk and during the evenings.

Candlelight Stroll | Strawbery Banke


December has arrived – though it hasn’t brought any snow with it yet.  I went for my first ever Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke this year and enjoyed their period presentation of the various eras of many homes on the grounds.  There were musicians, cooks, tin smiths, wives, kids, all sorts of interesting things to see and people to interact with.  It’s a wonderful holiday experience and nice to get out for something new, and right here in the seacoast’s own backyard.