Learn about the history of Thanksgiving, shop for local food and goods at a farm or attend an old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner
Three Centuries of Thanksgiving Tour at Strawbery Banke
In this 90-minute, active, fast-paced and multi-sensory program, discover how Thanksgiving transcended time, place and culture to become the uniquely American holiday celebrated today. Meet costumed roleplayers, create a harvest craft and explore homes from three centuries. In small groups guided by a museum educator, find the common themes of this holiday over three hundred years: charity, survival, gratitude, national identity and the celebration of family and community. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-17, free for children under 5
Where: Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth
When: Saturdays and Sundays November 5-27, plus Friday, November 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More Info: (603) 433-1100; website
Stonewall Farm’s Annual Thanksgiving Farm Fare
Find everything you’ll need to create a wonderful Thanksgiving feast at this community farm in Keene. Enjoy farm-fresh products from over 30 vendors including organic meats, vegetables, organic breads, jams, jellies, coffee, cheeses, herbs, honey and so much more. Decorate your Thanksgiving table and get a jump-start on the holidays with work from local artisans such as centerpieces, pottery, soap, wool and other fiber items, woodenware, wreaths and more.
Admission: Free to attend
Where: Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene
When: November 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. and November 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More Info: (603) 357-7278; website
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm
New Hampshire has a special connection to Thanksgiving, as it was our own Sarah Josepha Hale, born on a farm in Newport, NH, who, after many years of letter writing, persuaded President Lincoln to declare the fourth Thursday in November a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1863, thereby establishing the National Holiday. So come to the Farm Museum on Saturday for special living history farmhouse tours with costumed role players, homemade pumpkin pie and hot cider in the farmhouse kitchen, horse-drawn wagon rides through the fields, visits with the farm animals and popcorn over the campfire.
Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children
Where: New Hampshire Farm Museum, 1305 White Mountain Hwy., Milton
When: November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More Info: (603) 652-7840; website