Bringing History to Life

EXETER —Presented by Newburyport Bank, the American Independence Festival on Sat., July 13 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in downtown Exeter features live music, colonial-inspired beer, food trucks, games for kids, traditional artisan demonstrations, art and craft fair, colonial battle re-enactments and more.

New Hampshire’s Revolutionary War Capital, Exeter is a town with a rich history that began to a large degree with the Gilman family, prosperous Exeter merchants who became inextricably linked to our nation’s fight for independence. Chronicling this family’s history and Exeter’s major role in helping found our nation, the American Independence Museum is a National Landmark Property.

Founded in 1991 in historic downtown Exeter, the private, not-for-profit American Independence Museum includes the Ladd-Gilman House (c.1721) and Folsom Tavern (c.1775). Its collection includes one of only 26 surviving copies of the Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence, two rare drafts of the U.S. Constitution, and an original Purple Heart awarded by General George Washington (who also visited Folsom Tavern).

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