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“a slice of American history from a local perspective”

American Independence Museum
Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Exeter
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Portland, Maine
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119 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“a slice of American history from a local perspective”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Exeter New Hampshire has its share of history and this museum is a great place to start - learn about the role that Exeter played as New Hampshire's first capitol, and the Gilman family in politics, the Folsom family and their tavern. Unpretentious and interesting - a worthy stop while in town.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Exeter, New Hampshire
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69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Hands on History”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Make history come alive for your family, visit the museum and see where George Washington walked ! Take a stroll through down town Exeter and visit the Ladd- Gilman House, or Gilman park - take a picnic lunch.

Visited July 2013
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Manchvegas
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137 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Learning our past”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Took my mom to see this museum, it was a nice short museum visit and we enjoyed the volunteers who explained the home and museum.

Visited July 2012
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Exeter, New Hampshire
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83 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“history buff”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

tells the story of exeter very well nice artifacts great little museum in the heart of downtown eeter great place to go

Visited March 2013
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Exeter, New Hampshire
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“A Step Back in Time Well Spent”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

I was enjoying other attractions on Exeter's Water Street and Swazy Parkway last July. The museum was open to the public as part of the Revolutionary celebration and activities of the day. Since I am very interested in architectural design, mostly modern though, I liked comparing the (room arrangements on the different levels/floors, how the rooms were furnished, the wide wood floorings used, the fireplaces in each room, and the staircase and its railings) old house of that time period to today's houses of July, 2012. In my mind, I wondered if I could live at that time in that home without the modern conveniences I have today. I also wondered how elderly people climbed the very steep staircase going up to the second floor. I would recommend a visit to this museum. It was time well spent and reflected upon.

Visited July 2012
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