Sunday, September 12, 2010

Old House Eye Candy

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?


Jill Scott said...

I love old houses, but I don't love the idea of trying to fit one for all the electrical and media dependencies we have.

larsinnh said...

Well, it depends. Most mortgages have requirements for electrical codes, etc. Our first (old) house didn't have enough outlets, and the electrical panel wasn't up to code. We had to have those both fixed before we moved in. Some homes have old, old wiring that needs to be replaced. Before buying an old house, people have to get a GOOD inspection before they see what they're in for, LOL!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I love, love, love old houses, buildings, architecture, etc. I had the best time touring around New England this past summer taking in all the character and beauty of antiquity. Thanks for the tour.

Thanks also for linking to my party. I look forward to seeing what you link up each week.

By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

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