Step Up

Help us “step up” our landscape!

40 granite steps are now installed on Governor’s Lane, and this project was made possible with support from the Town of Exeter (who donated the granite steps) and financial support from the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire. The project represents just the “first step” in a Master Landscape Plan.

Join us Today!

In order to fund these improvements—many of which are needed for safety purposes—the museum is currently offering the opportunity for individuals and corporations to purchase a granite step at $1,500. The goal is to raise $60,000 with 10 steps already sold. Any monies raised to purchase a step will go towards the implementation of the Master Landscape Plan. The first set of names will be engraved this summer. Donations to purchase a step will be accepted until all have been sold.

Your gift of $1,500 for a Governors Lane Step will:

  • Celebrate your family’s or company’s commitment to our history – please provide no more than 20 characters of text to be engraved.
  • Assist us in additional landscape projects around the American Independence Museum property including immediate drainage upgrades as well as continued beautification efforts.

Your gift will be specifically designated to our landscape and will not support our general operations. 

The History

An important part of the museum’s history, Governor’s Lane once accepted car traffic and connected Water Street with Spring Street. Now used as a walking path, its restoration has culminated with the installation of 40 granite steps. In addition, the history of the campus is marked by Folsom Tavern, which was moved to its current location just beyond the steps in 2007. Both features–the steps and Folsom Tavern–figure prominently in the museum’s Master Landscape Plan.

The Vision
In addition to the recently installed steps, the museum’s Master Landscape Plan includes an up-to-code handicap accessible path between the two structures on the property, benches for seating, and safety lighting at night. Aside from safety and infrastructural concerns, these improvements will not only beautify our campus, but enhance our ability to achieve our mission.