, Kingston, NH


July 8, 2014

American Independence Festival

EXETER —Discover the stories behind America’s revolutionary past at the 2014 American Independence Festival. The excitement begins with a cannon firing at Swasey Parkway on Sat., July 12 at 10:00 a.m. in Exeter. The festival continues until 4:00 p.m. at the American Independence Museum, One Governors Lane in Exeter.

Museums are open! View the original copy of the Dunlap Broadside and the original draft copies of the U.S. Constitution, Tour the c. 1721 Ladd-Gilman House, Tour the c. 1775 Folsom Tavern and the historic Gilman Garrison House.

Meet Revolutionary Characters! Interact with Patriot Militias, Dr. John Hart, John Stark, John Taylor Gilman, The King’s Men and more.

Children’s activities include Colonial Games, Scavenger Hunt, Learn to Muster and become a member of the Junior Militia.

The cost is $10.00 per adult, $5.00 for kids ages 12-18; free for ages 11 and under, Veterans and active Military and their families; and members of the museum.

Bring home a piece of history from shopping at the Museum Gift Shop, Sidewalk Craft Sales and Museum Satellite Shop. Hungry? Browse the food vendors at Swasey Parkway.

Parking: there is a shuttle from 40 Linden Street at the Seacoast School of Technology. Buses will run every fifteen minutes between the lot and the Festival grounds.

For a complete schedule of events, visit, or call 603-772-2622.

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  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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