Historic Properties

Victoria Su, Events Coordinator

(603) 772-2622

Founded in 1991 with the strength and guidance of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire, the Exeter Community and the State of New Hampshire, the American Independence Museum is a place where all can learn and celebrate what it took to create the freedoms that we as Americans continue to enjoy hundreds of years later.

Located in Exeter, New Hampshire’s Revolutionary War Capital, the Museum is today in a unique position to serve residents, schoolchildren and area visitors by making our past relevant and fun so we may ignite a passion in them. The campus includes two historic properties: the Ladd-Gilman House (built 1721), which served as the New Hampshire State treasury during the Revolutionary War and where the Declaration of Independence was read on 18 July 1776; and the Folsom Tavern (built 1775), where the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati was formed in 1783 and where President George Washington was hosted in 1789 during his tour of New England. We want to encourage people to appreciate all those who fought for our freedom, continue to fight for it, and ultimately become interested and invested in the politics of today.

We believe we can learn from the past and apply it to the future.

Ms. Leslie Hawkins, Receptionist

(202) 785-2040
(202) 785-0729



The Headquarters of the General Society is located at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W, Washington, DC 20008. Here the society maintains a Museum and a Library with a large research collection of significant revolutionary volumes. 

Overnight facilities are available to members in our New Hampshire Suite, and in the Suites of the other States. Such accommodations require advance communication.

There is no charge to members for the use of the sleeping rooms at Anderson House. It is strongly suggested, however, that overnight guests leave a gratuity for House staff with the Resident Director and make a donation to the Annual Giving Program of the Society.