The 27th American Independence Festival

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


Events at the Independence Festival:

Food, Music and More

Experience the beautiful sounds of a violin fill the Folsom Tavern and feel the beat of the Fifes and Drums as they march around the museum’s grounds.  Plenty of food is for sale on Swasey Parkway and at local restaurants in downtown Exeter!

Artisan’s Village

Visitors have 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

Cannons boom all day long on Swasey Parkway where the British encampments-including the popular Marquis tent–are stationed. Visitors also have the chance to roam the Museum’s grounds to see the encampments of the Patriot Militias, learn to muster, and view cooking demonstrations and more.

Museum Tours

Our Ladd-Gilman House is open with priceless items for one day only viewing! See the first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence, our Dunlap Broadside, and compare two draft copies of the United States Constitution. To learn more about these precious pieces, click here.

Children’s Activities

Children learn from our Colonial Campers what life was like in the 1700s. They can play Colonial games and complete our Colonial Scavenger Hunt.  There are opportunities to enlist in the Junior Militia- while our Loyalist and Colonial re-enactors train children (and children at heart) on military maneuvers.

Re-Enactments and Portrayals

In the morning, there is 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.  In the afternoon, there is a chance to view the battle portrayal on Swasey Parkway – who will win, the Patriots or the British?

Independence Ale at the Folsom Tavern

For many years, we have partnered with Redhook to offer Independence Ale in the Folsom Tavern.  Visitors enjoy this special brew in the very room where George Washington once ate breakfast.

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With special thanks to our 2017 Festival Sponsors

Major Sponsors