375 Years Old and Thriving…

Water Street

Exeter, NH

After exploring the state for a year, we have finally taken up residence in the quaint town of Exeter, New Hampshire, a historic mill community first settled in 1638. The Squamscott/Exeter Rivers and Great Falls powered numerous mills: sawmills, gristmills, a cloth mill, paper mills, and a snuff mill that was mentioned in the writings of George Washington after he visited in 1776. Abraham Lincoln stood on the steps of the Exeter Town Hall and gave a speech and his son attended the local preparatory school, Phillips Exeter Academy, founded in 1781. We love the community, the vitality, the rich history, the close proximity to Portsmouth and Boston, the fine restaurants, charming shops, and the small town flavor. There’s much to be discovered and we’ve just begun…. as soon as the snow melts just a little!

Phillips Exeter Academy

Phillips Exeter Academy


Exeter Academy students run along the Squamscott River with 1827 mill buildings across the river, now Exeter Mill residential community.

The Green Bean

The Green Bean

11 Water Street

11 Water Street

Personality Plus Waitress at 11 Water Street

Miss Personality… our waitress at 11 Water Street

10 thoughts on “375 Years Old and Thriving…

  1. Wonderful choice, may you find much happiness living there! It’s my old stomping grounds, I used to have a studio across from the bandstand and overlooking the river. Terrific farmers’ market (summer & winter), and the fact that you can take the train directly into Boston from there is an added bonus!


    • I can see it still holds a soft spot for you. I read that there is an Exeter Brass Band concert on Monday evenings in the Bandstand during the summer. Can’t wait for that. Looking forward to visiting the farmers’ market, too.


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