American Independence Museum, Exeter

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The American Independence Museum is a historic house museum located in Exeter, New Hampshire. Its 1-acre (0.40 ha) campus includes two buildings: the Ladd-Gilman House, a registered National Historic Landmark built in 1721 by Nathaniel Ladd, and the Folsom Tavern, built in 1775 by Colonel Samuel Folsom. The museum was opened in 1991 after a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence known as a Dunlap Broadside was found in the Ladd-Gilman house, 200 years after its arrival in Exeter. It is the centerpiece of the museum’s collection. The museum’s mission is “Connecting America’s Revolutionary past with the present.”
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  • This was a great museum to visit .Patrick our guide was fantastic learned so much about the Revolutionary War & how NH played a part in this conflict.  more »
  • We had a fascinating three hour tour of the house and tavern. Our tour guide, (I think his name was Bill) dressed in a period costume, talked at length about the Gilman family that had lived in the....  more »
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  • Wonderful museum. Knowledgeable docents. Worth a visit.
  • Great little museum highlighting the Colonial history of Exeter and the colonial era in America in general with a very knowledgeable staff and fun activities They just sponsored a town wide Independence Festival with loads of reenactors firing muskets and canons and showing camp life during the revolution.I hope they sponsor another day next year!

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