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!