Celebrating our 105th season!

Beer, Music and History at the Woodman

The Woodman Museum will be holding its spring fundraiser, the first of two Beer, Music and History events to be held on the grounds of the Museum on June 9 from 4-7pm. Admission is $5 per guest.

The Woodman Museum, now in swing for its 103rd season, is proud again to partner with Bad Lab Beer Co. of Somersworth, NH to raise money for its various facilities and collections projects. A portion of proceeds from beer and food sales will go directly toward sustaining the museum and its mission of fostering culture and education in the local Seacoast community. Visitors will enjoy an open-house format viewing experience of all four of the Museum’s historic buildings. Among the updated collections include a childhood gallery featuring antique toys, games and scouting memorabilia; a reinterpreted Civil War gallery; a newly organized indigenous cultures gallery; and a carriage barn filled to the brim with local industrial tools and trade goods. Visitors will also be able to explore the Thom Hindle Gallery, which has a rotating display of in-house and visiting artist exhibitions.

In addition to the libations and food on offer from Bad Lab Beer Co., the afternoon will also feature two live music performances. The New Orleans-inspired music of The Soggy Po Boys–based out of Dover, NH—will be joined by Liz and Dan Faiella, whose music is derived from Irish and New England traditions.

The event, sponsored by Dupont Service Center, is family-friendly and will be held rain or shine. The grounds of the Woodman Museum are located directly behind the Woodman House at 182 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820. Free parking is available in front of the museum along Central Ave. and along Summer Street.

For guests unable to attend the first Beer, Music and History event, a second summer fundraiser is scheduled for August 11. For questions or comments, please contact the Executive Director David Tompkins at (603) 742-7680 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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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