American Independence Museum

1 Governors Ln, Exeter, NH


A former home to a New Hampshire State Treasurer, a Governor, and a Constitutional Convention member, the Ladd-Gilman House is a National Historic Landmark and the foundation of all of the Museum’s exhibits.

Museum exhibits introduce visitors to 18th century Exeter when the town was a bustling, dynamic seaport, and home to the Ladd and Gilman families. Exhibits focus on Exeter as a Revolutionary War capital, the Gilman Family, roots of the American Revolution, NH’s role in the War, the founding of our Nation, the Society of the Cincinnati and our early years of local government with John Taylor Gilman, NH’s longest serving term Governor. Other areas of focus include New Hampshire’s role in the war and its militia, while the Northern Campaign of the Revolution is explored using prints, weaponry and military papers.



American Independence Museum

Updated May 24, 2017

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