Ring in the Season at Folsom Tavern

November 30 – December 2
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Celebrate the season in Colonial style at historic Folsom Tavern with expanded holiday programming. All events are part of the Town of Exeter’s Ring in the Season celebration. 

Weekend Festivities

Friday, November 30

Tavern Tours, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us for a self-guided tour of the Ladd-Gilman House and decked halls of Folsom Tavern. Shop amazing holiday deals in our gift shop as well! 

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children. Members, active/retired military and veterans free. 

Holiday Celebration, 5 pm to 8 pm

Step back in time and experience the glow of Folsom Tavern (c.1775) decorated for the festive season. Toast the holidays with light snacks and adult refreshments, try your hand at making Colonial holiday gifts, enjoy seasonal music, and visit our pop-up gift shop. Support our museum by bidding on a wonderful selection of items in our annual silent auction. 

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members, and $3 for non-member children. Not a member? Become one and skip the admission price, or bring travel size hygiene items, card games, or individually packaged snacks that we will donate to Pease Greeters for service women and men.  You can find a complete list of needed items at https://www.peasegreeters.org/about.html.

Online tickets for the Colonial Holiday Teas on Saturday 12/8 are now closed. Please contact 603-772-2622 or vsu@independencemuseum.org to inquire about availability. Reservations are required to attend the teas.

Colonial Holiday Tea

Saturday, December 1 and Saturday, December 8 

Seatings at 11 am & 2 pm

Ring in the season in revolutionary style!

You are cordially invited to a Colonial Holiday Tea in Folsom Tavern. Sip delicious teas and dine on small bites provided by colonial-inspired caterer For the Love of Food and Drink.  Create your own historic handiwork with lavender sachets and mulling spices– perfect for holiday gift giving. Try your hand at quill pen writing for your holiday gift tags or a letter to Santa. Gather in the assembly room to sing winter carols.  The museum’s holiday gift shop will be open for you to find that perfect present for the history lover on your list.

Please note, this tea is meant to reflect the tavern’s 1775 revolutionary history and therefore is more rustic and relaxed than a traditional Victorian or high tea. Each Tea is two hours long. All ages welcome, highchairs are not available.

Sunday, December 2

Womenade of Greater Squamscott’s Exeter Area Holiday Home Tour

Please note: Ticket pick-up runs from 10 am – 3 pm. The Tavern will be open from 10 am – 5 pm.

The Tavern will serve as the ticket pick-up location for this year’s Holiday Home Tour. Guests may explore the first floor, shop our pop-up gift shop, and enjoy light refreshments (donations encouraged). Tickets for the Holiday Home Tour are required and must be purchased in advance through Womenade at https://www.exeterareaholidayhousetour.com/.

Don’t have a ticket to the Holiday Home Tour, but want to visit the Tavern before we close for the season? You are welcome to shop our gift shop, browse the first floor and enjoy light refreshments anytime between 10 am and 5 pm.

Please note for all events: Museum parking lot on Spring Street, Exeter Municipal Lots, and street parking on Water Street.

The programs will take place on both the first and the second floor of the Folsom Tavern. Due to the historic nature of the building, it is not handicap accessible.