Exeter New Hampshire

Exeter New Hampshire is within ten miles both of the Massachusetts border as well as the Atlantic Ocean beaches. Virtually all Exeter New Hampshire vacations will visit both of these. Travel to Exeter New Hampshire reveals a great deal of history, as this was one of the four original towns established in the state. Founded in 1639, it is set at the junction of the Squamscott and Exeter Rivers on a falls. Like Meredith, Concord, and other communities located on a falls, this was once a thriving a mill town, and several of the old mills remain.

You can enjoy tours of the Gilman Garrison House, built in 1709 and a National Historic Landmark. Other historic homes that are Exeter New Hampshire museums include the beautiful Governor John Langdon House, built by a wealthy merchant in 1784 and which can be rented for weddings and the Jackson House, built in 1664 and the oldest surviving wood frame house in the state. Four other historic homes are located in the town, and all of them are National Historic Landmarks. Travel to Exeter New Hampshire only to tour these treasures is worthwhile. And you can top off your Exeter New Hampshire vacations with a visit to the American Independence Museum, which has a fascinating collection of Revolutionary War artifacts and administers the 1775 Folsom Tavern and the 1721 Ladd-Gilman House.

Located in Exeter New Hampshire you will find one of the most respected private college preparatory schools in the country, and one of the oldest. Phillips Exeter Academy was founded in 1781 as an academy for the sons of the New England wealthy to prepare them for admission to Harvard College in Boston. Over the years, it became coeducational when girls were enrolled in 1970. It has a reputation for tolerance and a New England streak of independence, and the school’s headmaster refused to accede to demands to expel a black student during the Civil War. Today, it remains an internationally-respected school, with students from around the United States and more than two dozen countries.

Exeter New Hampshire vacations can take advantage of the miles of hiking trails on the academy’s private acreage, so long as you respect the land and carry out everything you bring in. There are also two town forests, farms, and other lands with hiking trails.

If you’re looking for Exeter hotels, you will find a number of charming bed and breakfast inns, many of which are located in historic homes. Adjacent to the academy is the elegant Exeter Inn, built in 1932. There are camping sites and campgrounds outside of town as well as several motels. Many visitors travel to Exeter New Hampshire on day trips from the beaches on the coast, where there are numerous Portsmouth hotels.

Exeter New Hampshire has its own country club and golfing venue, and there is fishing in the nearby lakes and rivers. En route to Manchester, only 25 miles away are two state parks – Pawtuckaway and Bear Brook. Both have lakes for boating and fishing, as well as camping sites and hiking trails.

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