American Independence Museum

American Independence Museum information

Portsmouth & the Seacoast , USA
Street 1 Governor's Lane
+1 603 772 2622
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adult/under 6yr $5/free
Opening hours
10am-4pm Wed-Sat mid-May–Oct
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Exeter’s early history is still widely celebrated, thanks in part to the American Independence Museum , which maintains the town’s collections inside the historic Ladd-Gilman House . Among the highlights of this National Landmark Property are the furnishings and possessions of the Gilman family, who lived here from 1720 to 1820, along with a document archive, including two original drafts of the US Constitution and personal correspondence of George Washington, Pierre L’Enfant and other notables. The museum also maintains Folsom Tavern , which was once an important meeting place for George Washington and his revolutionary officers.