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Held at Folsom Tavern on Friday, November 30 from 5 pm to 8 pm, Holiday Open House marks the beginning of a busy weekend for the American Independence Museum.

“It’s a weekend where we hope people who have yet to experience the tavern or our museum will come and visit us,” said Executive Director Emma Bray.

Holiday Open House is part of the museum’s Ring in the Season events, sponsored by Buxton Water.“We are so appreciative for their support,” added Bray. “Donna [Buxton] has always been a champion of the museum, so we are happy to have her as part of such a festive occasion. Folsom Tavern is the perfect backdrop for a holiday gathering.”

At the Holiday Open House, the museum will feature light snacks and adult refreshments, live seasonal music and a pop-up gift shop that will feature many local, handmade products perfect for holiday gift giving. The evening’s highlight is its silent auction, which will feature getaways, gift certificates to area restaurants and more.

Proceeds from the evening will support museum programs, some of which include Revolutionary Story Time! and Traveling Trunk, sponsored by sponsored by Exeter Hospital and Service Credit Union, respectively.

“We encourage curiosity, fun and engagement here,” said Bray. “I hope we see new faces throughout the weekend.”

Other programs that will take place during the weekend include Colonial Holiday Tea on Saturday, December 1 at Folsom Tavern. At this event, guests may “sip delicious teas and dine on small bites” provided by colonial-inspired caterer, For the Love of Food and Drink. Colonial Holiday Tea will also take place on Saturday, December 8 at Folsom Tavern.

On Sunday, December 2, the Tavern will be open from 10 am to 5 pm during which time visitors will be able to pick up tickets for Womenade of Greater Squamscott’s Exeter Area Holiday Home Tour. The museum’s pop-up gift shop will also be open and holiday refreshments will be available.

To learn more about the museum’s Ring in the Season weekend celebration, visit