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American Independence Museum
Last updated on February 9, 2016


The mission of the American Independence Museum is to be a primary center and historic site in New Hampshire for study, research, education and interpretation of the American Revolution and the role that one state, one town, and one family played in the founding of the new republic.

The American Independence Museum comprises the 18th century Ladd-Gilman House, Folsom Tavern and over an acre of landscaped property in downtown Exeter. Through guided tours and programs, stories come alive about Exeter's most prominent families, the Gilmans and the Folsoms, as well as the other 18th century citizens who settled in the town. Highlights of the permanent collection include a Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence (one of only a few left in the United States; the original is in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) and early drafts of the U.S. Constitution. The museum and museum shop are open to the public mid-May to late October; hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $6, $5 seniors 65+,$3 for students, free for children under 6. The museum also offers educational programming throughout the year for people of all ages. Annual programs include the American Independence Festival in July, Colonial Living Days (a week-long school program for students in 4th-6th grades)and a variety of fundraising events.

The Ladd-Gilman House, built in the early 1700s, served as the New Hampshire treasury during the American Revolution. John Taylor Gilman lived in the house during his 14 terms as Governor of New Hampshire and the house was occupied by his family until it was purchased by the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire in 1902. The American Independence Museum was opened in to the public in 1991.

Contact person: Julie Williams, Acting Administrator, (phone), (email)

Main office number: (603) 772-2622
Office fax number: (603) 772-0861


 1 Governors Lane
Exeter, NH 03833
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Web Site:


 Rte. 101 to exit marked "Rte. 85 - Exeter/Newfields". If coming from 101E, turn R at stop sign onto Newfields Rd.; if coming from 101W, turn L at stop sign. Follow Newfields Rd. into Exeter. At end of road. . . (more)

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Name of Executive Director (or equivalent) if not listed above:
Gail Nessell Colglazier
Type of organization
Nonprofit 501(c)3
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