American Independence Festival
July 14, 2018

Schedule of Events

10:00 Salute to Jim Hayden Swasey Parkway
Join us as we honor the memory of dedicated museum volunteer, board member and militia member.

10:30 Traditional American Music Folsom Tavern

10:30 Jr. Militia Muster Training Folsom Tavern Parking Lot
Learn how to muster and then help show off your new skills by welcoming the Declaration of Independence and parade with George Washington!

11:00 Festival Welcome Festival Stage, Ladd-Gilman Lawn
Featuring welcoming remarks by Museum staff, the delivery of the Declaration of Independence on horseback, John Taylor Gilman’s reading of the Declaration, a procession of militia and muster groups, and a speech by George Washington.

12:00-4:00 Redhook’s Independence Ale, 21+ only Folsom Tavern

12:00 Cannon Firing Swasey Parkway

12:00 Traditional American Music Amphitheatre, Ladd-Gilman Lawn

12:30 Meet John Stark Amphitheatre, Ladd-Gilman Lawn

1:00 Cannon Firing Swasey Parkway

1:00 Loyalist Point of View Amphitheatre, Ladd-Gilman Lawn

1:30 Songs of the Healing Grape Folsom Tavern Beer Garden

2:00 Battle Portrayal Swasey Parkway
View a re-enactment of a Revolutionary battle. Please view from the non-river side of the road behind the barriers.

2:30 Traditional American Music Folsom Tavern

3:00 Cannon Firing Swasey Parkway

3:00 Wounded Soldier-Musket Ball Removal Amphitheatre, Ladd-Gilman Lawn

On-going Events

Historic Documents & Self-Guided Tours Ladd-Gilman House
One-day only viewing of the Dunlap Broadside Declaration of Independence and drafts of the U.S. Constitution. Not to be missed!

Self-Guided Tours Folsom Tavern

Traditional Artisan Village Folsom Tavern Lawn
Sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts, see a complete list of artisans on the next page
Dearborn Company, Colonial Living & Trades Folsom Tavern Lawn
We encourage you to interact with all of the role players, re-enactors, and artisans as they rove about the Museum Grounds today. Ask them questions!

Colonial Games Folsom Tavern Lawn

Hayden’s Hunt Tavern Lawn & Swasey Parkway
Pick up your scavenger hunt booklets at the admissions tables, information booths and museum gift shops. Show completed booklets at the Swasey Parkway gift shop for a free festival souvenir

Local Food Trucks Swasey Parkway

Lincoln Minutemen Fife & Drum Roving

Piscataqua Rangers Jr. Fife and Drum Roving

Meet Revolutionary Characters! Roving
John Taylor Gilman, John Stark, George Washington

Museum Gift Shops Ladd-Gilman House & Swasey Parkway

NH Made Artisans, crafters, and non-profits Water Street

Festival Participants

Traditional Artisans Folsom Tavern Lawn
Zachary Archambault – Blacksmith; Peter Cook – Flax to Linen; Dodie Duclos, Rebecca Hanson, Joyce Heck, & Billy Ann Hutchins – Spinners; Linda Oakley – Needlework; Peter Oakley – Shoemaker; Alice Ogden – Weaver; Ron Raiselis – Cooper; Tara Raiselis – Millinery; Judy Wasson – Basketry; William Wasson – Rope Maker; Jeff Warner – Traditional Musician; Sally Watkins – Basketry; Steve Woodman – Gunmaker; Steve Zoldak – Potter

Revolutionary Encampments Swasey Parkway
Patriot Militias: 1st NH Regiment; 2 NH Regiment, Cherry’s Company; & Danvers Alarm List Company
The King’s Men: 4th British Regiment; 7th Company, 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Artillery; King’s Rangers; & Royal Irish Artillery

Local Food Trucks Swasey Parkway
Clyde’s Cupcakes, Curb Appeal Meals, Lexie’s Burger Bus, Memories Ice Cream, Stone Oven Catering Wood-Fired Pizza, The Farm at Eastman’s Corner, The Traveling Chef

Clickable Map

Vendors Water Street
Black Maple Glen*, Buzz N Bee Apiary*, Chuck Walker-Horner, Cucina Aurora*, Dear Paw Designs, Detorno*, Exeter DAR, Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Exeter Historical Society Exeter NH Democratic Committee, Exeter Parks & Rec, Foundation for NH Independence, Geico, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, Great Bay Kids Company, Hazard Baby*, Hickory Arms, Historic New England’s Gilman Garrison House, Little Acre Gourmet Foods*, Macle Designs*, Mountains of the Sky Photography, New Hampshire Homemade Creations, Riverwoods/Seacoast Family Promise, Rockingham County Democrats, Rockingham County Republican Committee, Scorpio Jewelry, Sons of the American Revolution, St. Vincent de Paul, Star in the East Lodge #59, TEAM, The Birdhouse Guy*, The Making of America, Usborne Books & More

*NH Made member, Non-profit organizations

With special thanks to our 2017 Major Festival Sponsors