Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke

April 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock St
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Adults, $10; children 5-17, $5; free to children under 5.
(603) 433-1100
Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke @ Strawbery Banke Museum | Portsmouth | New Hampshire | United States

Welcome spring with the 4th annual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke, showcasing a variety of heirloom breeds of barnyard baby animals — and their moms — that would have been familiar to earlier generations. The event takes place outside under a headed tent on museum grounds. It’s a family-friendly opportunity to learn about domestic livestock typical on coastal northern New England farms from the 17th century to present day.

The emphasis is on educational and interpretive information. For the health and safety of the animals and people, petting is not allowed.

In addition to the animals, visitors can participate in family activities in some of the historic houses and the TYCO Visitors Center where hands-on weaving programs will take place. Figtree Kitchen Café is open daily, throughout the event.

The 2018 Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke showcased:

  • Newly-hatched baby chicks, turkeys and ducklings in specially-constructed viewing brooders.
  • Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs that arrived in New England in the 1900s and are often referred to as “orchard pigs” for their delight in foraging in fall groves. From Lovell Farm
  • Mulefoot Pig from Dogpatch Farm
  • Lincoln Longwool Sheep from Tare Shirt Farm
  • Gulf Coast Native sheep from Heart Stone Farm in Milton NH.
  • Soay sheep, one of the oldest domesticated animals known to man and now quite rare. Native to the St. Kilda group of islands west of the Outer Hebrides. From Hermit Thrush Hill in Fonda NY.
  • Shetland Sheep from Echo Valley Sheep Farm in Cornish ME.
  • Jacob sheep, identified in the Book of Genesis and prized in New England for their soft dark fleeces that are ideal for many weaving projects. From Marsh Mallo Farm in Fort Plain NY.
  • Nigerian Dwarf goats, introduced to the US in the early 1900s and very popular in New England as they are easily-trained large milk producers that are easy to keep in small areas. From Tiny Hill Farm, Milton Mills NH
  • San Clemente goats from End of the Road Farm
  • Oberhasli Goat from Lovell Farm
  • Newfoundland Pony from Villi Poni Farm
  • Silver Fox from Kerfluffle Fiber Farm in Lebanon ME
  • Kerry cattle from Buckhill Farm