The 27th American Independence Festival

Saturday July 15th, 2017  10:00am ~ 4:00pm

Stay tuned for details later this year!

Events at the 2016 Independence Festival:

Food, Music and More

Many had the the chance to hear the beautiful sounds of a violin fill the Folsom Tavern and feel the beat of the Fifes and Drums as they marched around the museum’s grounds.  Plenty of food was offered for sale on Swasey Parkway and at local restaurants in downtown Exeter!

Artisan’s Village

Visitors had the chance to interact with more than 15 costumed interpreters in our Artisan’s Village sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Historic Encampments

The cannons boomed all day long on Swasey Parkway where the British encampments-including the popular Marquis tent–were stationed. Visitors had the chance to roam the Museum’s grounds to see the encampments of the Patriot Militias, learn to muster, and view a cooking demonstration and more.

Museum Tours

Our Ladd-Gilman House was open with priceless items – for one day only viewing this year in Exeter, NH. The saw the first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence, our Dunlap Broadside, and compared two draft copies of the United States Constitution. To learn more about these precious pieces, click here.

Children’s Activities

Children learned from our Colonial Campers what life was like in the 1700s. They played Colonial games and completed our Colonial Scavenger Hunt.  There were opportunities to enlist in the Junior Militia- whereas our Loyalist and Colonial re-enactors trained children (and children at heart) on military maneuvers.

Re-Enactments and Portrayals

At 11am, there was a grand recreation of the July 16, 1776 delivery of New Hampshire’s Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence with a costumed rider galloping, hecklers, and more.  At 2:00pm, there was a chance to view the battle portrayal on Swasey Parkway – who won, the Patriots or the British?

Independence Ale at the Folsom Tavern

For the fifth year in a row, we partnered with Redhook to offer Independence Ale in the Folsom Tavern.  Visitors enjoyed this special brew in the very room where George Washington once ate breakfast.

With special thanks to our 2016 Festival Sponsors

Major Sponsors