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Exeter, New Hampshire, USA - Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA

The first capital city of New Hampshire was in Exeter.

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Exeter Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, New Hampshire, USA

Phillips Exeter Academy
1909 advertisement

Higgins Celebrated Ice Cream
Rates one of the Highest in the State
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Exeter, New Hampshire, USA

1909 advertisement

Higgins Celebrated Ice Cream
Rates one of the Highest in the State
Exeter, N.H.

Kensington, New Hampshire, sketches and reminiscences by Mace, Ida M Published 1909
Exeter, N.H., The Old Garrison House
Exeter, New Hampshire, USA

Exeter, N.H., The Old Garrison House
Lincoln Street from Front Street, Exeter, N.H.
Exeter, New Hampshire, USA

Lincoln Street from Front Street, Exeter, N.H.

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1638 - Exeter founded
One of the four original towns of New Hampshire. Revolutionary War Capital of New Hampshire and site of the ratification of the first state constitution in the North American colonies in January 1776.
1839 - Exeter
Exeter, New Hampshire
Rockingham county. This beautiful town lies 40 miles S.E. by E. from Concord, and 14 S.W. from Portsmouth. The compact part of the town lies about the falls, which separate the fresh from the tide water of a branch of the Piscataqua, called by the natives Swamscot, and now known by the name of Exeter river. Above the falls this stream assumes the name of Great river, to distinguish it from one of its smaller branches, called Little river. Great river has its source in Chester, whence it runs through several towns before it meets the tide water in the centre of Exeter. On this river are many valuable mill privileges.

The Exeter Cotton Manufacturing Company commenced operations April 1, 1830. Their principal building is of brick, 175 feet by 45. They have 5,000 spindles, employ 212 girls and 40 men and boys. They manufacture annually about 1,400,000 yards of sheeting. They consume about 1,200 bales of cotton, 300 cords of wood, and 22,500 pounds of potatoe... Read MORE...

1854 - Exeter
Exeter, the seat of justice of Rockingham county, New Hampshire, on the Boston and Maine railroad, 50 miles N. from Boston, and 37 S. E. from Concord. It has a delightful situation on a river of its own name, and contains, besides the county buildings, from 30 to 40 stores, 3 or 4 churches, a bank, a newspaper office, and a richly endowed educational institution, called Phillips's Academy, founded 1781. The falls at this place, to which the river is navigable, afford good water- power. The industry of the inhabitants is chiefly directed to manufactures, which consist of cotton goods, morocco, paper, blank books, &c. Population of the township, 3229 ; of the village, in 1863, about 3000.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1893 - EXETER MILLS BURNED. Loss $250,000-Two Hundred and Forty Hands Made Idle.
Exeter, N. H., March 15. - Fire broke out in the Exeter cotton mills about 4 a.m. It started in the basement, and burned up through the building, destroying the engine room and the older part of the mill, which was destroyed once before.

The new part of the mill was saved. The fire was under control at 9:30.

Loss estimated at $250,000.

Two hundred and forty hands are thrown out of employment.

Help was summoned from neighboring places.

The building destroyed was a five-story structure, 250 feet along, and was equipped with 10,000 speniles [sic] and twelve pair of mules and contained all the carding machinery. The new mill, which was of nearly equal size, and which was built in 1876, was only slightly damaged by smoke and water. The old mill, so-called was practically a new building that was destroyed by a $100,000 fire in 1887.
Middletown Daily Press
Middletown, New York
March 15, 1893
1895 - Exeter
Exeter, a post-village, semi-capital of Rockingham co, N.H., in Exeter township, on the £ River, and on the Boston & Maine £ 51 miles N. by E. of Boston, and 17 miles S.S.W. of Dover. It contains a court-house, 8 churches, a national bank, 2 savings-banks, Phillips Academy, which is richly endowed, the Robinson Female Seminary, a pottery, 2 machine-shops, a cotton-mill, 2 newspaper offices, several manufactories of carriages and boots and shoes, &c. Pop. of the township, 4284.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1897 - New Hampshire Hotel Burned.
Exeter, N. H., July 14. Fire broke out on the roof of the Swampscott House, the largest hotel in this town. Before the fire department could get in effective work the building was destroyed, entailing a loss of $25,000. The high wind which prevailed prevented the local apparatus from doing effective work, and assistance was summoned from Haverhill, Dover and other points. The augmented forces by great effort confined the flames to the hotel. The hotel employees occupied the upper story. They will lose everything. There were a number of guests in the house, but all escaped with their belongings. There was an insurance of $15,000 on the property.
Trenton Evening Times
Trenton, New Jersey
July 14, 1897
1899 - BIG FIRE IN EXETER. Goodwin Block on Front Street Entirely Destroyed. The Loss to Owners and Tenants Will Reach $29,000.
Exeter, N. H. Jan. 1 - The Goodwin block on Front street was visited by fire early this morning. Loss $28,000 to block and tenants. The occupants of the upper floor barely escaped with their lives, being unable to save anything. The block was owned by Goodwin Bros, who lose $8,000; Dr. A. S. Wetherell $15,000; Mrs. Jennie Bennett, restaurant, $1,000; Goodwin Bros., grocers, $1,500; other tenants $1,500. All insured.
Portsmouth Herald
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
January 2, 1899
1914 - EXETER ACADEMY LOSES TREASURES. Fire Ruins Interior of Main Building of Famous New Hampshire Prep. School
Exeter, N. H., July 3. - An investigation has failed to determine the cause of the fire that ruined the interior of the main building of Phillips Exeter academy, early today. The loss is estimated at $100,000.

Priceless portraits of the founder, instructors, eminent graduates and benefactors and numerous trophies and gifts of former classes were lost in the fire.

The school is closed for the summer and all of the officials were away. The building was beyond hope of saving when the firemen reached the scene, but they saved the gymnasium, physical laboratory and Abbott and Alumni halls close by. Only the walls of the main academy building were left standing and the furnishings and decorations of the famous old structure are a total loss.

Among the portraits destroyed besides that of John Phillips, the founder, were those of Daniel Webster, Edward Everett, Lewis Cass, Jared Stark, George Bancroft and John A. Dix. the war governor of New York. A bust of General Benjamin F. Butler ... Read MORE...

Exeter, a banking post-village, capital of Rockingham co., N.H., in Exeter township (town), on the Exeter River and on the Boston and Maine R., 17 miles SSW. of Dover. It contains the Phillips Exeter Academy, the Robinson Fe male Seminary, etc., and has manufactories of machinery, boots and shoes, cottons, brass, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 4922.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Exeter:
Explore Phillips Exeter Academy: This prestigious private school has a gorgeous campus with historic buildings and a lovely library open to the public. Take a leisurely stroll and admire the architecture.

Visit the American Independence Museum: Located in downtown Exeter, this museum provides insight into the Revolutionary War era. You can explore historic houses and learn about the town's role in America's fight for independence.

Downtown Exeter: The heart of Exeter is a bustling place with numerous boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Stroll along Water Street and enjoy the quaint New England atmosphere.

Swasey Parkway: This beautiful park by the Squamscott River offers a great spot for picnics, leisurely walks, and scenic views. It's especially lovely in the fall when the foliage changes.

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Just a short drive away, this refuge offers hiking trails, bird watching, and a peaceful escape into nature. It's a fantastic place for outdoor... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA

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male ancestorEdward HILTON (5 June 1596, Northwich, Cheshire, England - 1670, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorThomas KING (, , England (United Kingdom) - 1667, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorThomas WILSON (1605, , England (United Kingdom) - 1643, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorAnn UNKNOWN (1608, , England (United Kingdom) - 1643, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorSamuel DUDLEY (30 November 1608, Northamptonshire, , England - 10 February 1683, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorWilliam HOLDRIDGE (1610, , England (United Kingdom) - 1680, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorJohn FOLSOM (December 2, 1613, Hingham, Norfolk County, England - December 27, 1681, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorIsabella CRADDOCK (1614, , England (United Kingdom) - 16 June 1689, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorMary GILMAN (August 6, 1615, Hingham, Norfolk County, England - 1690, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA

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male ancestorJohn WARREN (1624 - June 1677) and female ancestorDeborah WILSON (August 1634 - 26 July 1668) married 21 October 1650
male ancestorJohn GILMAN (10 January 1624 - 24 July 1708) and female ancestorElizabeth TREWORGYE (11 December 1631 - 8 September 1719) married 20 June 1657
male ancestorEdward HILTON (1626 - 28 April 1699) and female ancestorAnn DUDLEY (16 October 1641 - 1700) married 1658
male ancestorEphraim FOLSOM (February 23, 1654 - June 11, 1709) and female ancestorPhaltiel HALL (January 1, 1658 - June 11, 1734) married 1678
male ancestorNathaniel LADD (10 March 1650 - 11 August 1691) and female ancestorElizabeth GILMAN (16 August 1661 - 2 August 1732) married 12 July 1678
male ancestorNathaniel FOLSOM SR (June 2, 1644 - 1720) and female ancestorMary JONES (1651 - 1743) married 1679
male ancestorUnknown LECOCK ( - ) and female ancestorAbigail MOULTON (2 October 1666 - 7 October 1705) married
male ancestorBenjamin JONES (1661 - May 29, 1751) and female ancestorSarah SINCLAIR (September 15, 1664 - October 31, 1759) married 1686
male ancestorAlexander GORDON (1 December 1675 - 25 March 1730) and female ancestorSarah SEWELL (17 September 1676 - 1733) married 14 September 1699

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