Celebrating our 105th season!

Bad Lab Beer, BBQ and Ballads (Summer Fundraiser)

The Woodman Museum, partnering with Somersworth-based brewer Bad Lab Beer Co., will host “Beer, BBQ, and Ballads” on the campus grounds for its annual summer fundraiser. The fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, August 19, from 4 to 7 pm.


The outdoor event will feature great local beer and food by Bad Lab Beer Co., a local Somersworth craft brewery and restaurant. Guests will also enjoy the music of Great Bay Sailor (http://greatbaysailor.com/) and the Bog Standard playing maritime, Irish, Scottish, British and old-time music.

Tickets are sold at the gate and will be $5 per person with free admission for Museum members. Tours of the museum’s four buildings end at 5:00pm but are included with admission price.

The Woodman Museum is located at 182 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820. Parking is free along Central Avenue and Summer Street. The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information about Bad Lab Beer Co., please visit https://badlabbeer.com/.


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Damm Garrison

Before the Woodman Institute had even opened its doors, Mrs. Ellen P. Rounds presented the Institute trustees with an authentic colonial garrison, the William Damm house, built in 1675.

One of the few remaining Garrison’s in the U.S. Originally located in the back river district of Dover, the Damm Garrison was moved to its present site at the museum and greets visitors as it did over 300 years ago. Today this well preserved structure provides a unique window to our past and displays a collection of over 800 items which illustrate area history. Notable among the many utensils, furniture and tools are iron fireplace cooking utensils, a tavern table, several cradles—including a rare cradle for twins, rope beds and looms.

The Damm Garrison House is physically located beneath a protective white canopy structure. Upon entering, visitors will view the original structure and framework of the home.

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