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American Independence Museum celebrates Exeter’s Unique History with Outdoor Tours

American Independence Museum celebrates Exeter’s Unique History with Outdoor Tours

Having recently launched Virtual Tours of the Ladd-Gilman House (c. 1721), the American Independence Museum will offer Folsom Tavern & Grounds Tours on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 am and 2 pm, beginning September 17.

During the in-person Tavern & Grounds Tours, visitors will walk the 1-acre property and explore Folsom Tavern. Built in 1775 by Samuel Folsom, the Tavern was visited by George Washington in 1789 and site of the founding of the NH chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati in 1783.

“Docents will lead guests on an exciting tour of our ‘triangle of land’ and discuss the many buildings that existed on this land during the 18th and early 19th century,” explained Emma Stratton, museum executive director. “You’ll also hear about a few infamous residents…Guests will then be invited to take a self-guided tour of Folsom Tavern.”

Noting visitors will learn the unique history of the Tavern while on the hour-long tour, Stratton said social-distancing guidelines have helped shape its design.

“People should feel comfortable on these tours, which will be limited in number,” she said. “We do require masks and will be sanitizing between tours. These tours will be fun and safe.”

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, the museum is currently developing a variety of public and education programs in digital formats to encourage digital inclusion for all ages.

Pre-registration is required for all tours and masks are required at all times for the Folsom Tavern and Grounds tours.To register, visit independencemuseum.org.