“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Exeter in Rockingham County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)

Revolutionary Capital

Revolutionary Capital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 7, 2010
1. Revolutionary Capital Marker
Inscription. Founded by Rev. John Wheelwright in 1638, Exeter was one of the four original towns in the colony. Following New Hampshire’s provisional declaration of independence on January 5, 1776, it served as the capital of the new state during the period of the American Revolution.
Erected 1965 by NH Division of Historical Resources and the NH Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 032.)
Location. 42° 58.858′ N, 70° 56.792′ W. Marker is in Exeter, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Front Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in the town center. Marker is in this post office area: Exeter NH 03833, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Exeter NH War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln Speaks in New Hampshire (within shouting distance of this marker); Exeter Town House (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the First Mill At Falls of the Squamscott River (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ladd-Gilman House (about 800 feet away); Exeter NH Exeter Gas Works
Looking East image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 7, 2010
2. Looking East
The marker stands in front of the present Exeter Town Offices.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Second Burial Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Powder House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Exeter.
Regarding Revolutionary Capital. When the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, the letterpress shop of John Dunlap printed official copies that were dispatched by horseback to the 13 colonies. Exeter’s copy finally arrived on July 16th, and it was read aloud to the waiting townsfolk. Each year, by tradition, the town holds its Independence Festival not on July 4th but on the weekend nearest July 16th.

Mysteriously, the town’s copy of the “Dunlap Broadside” was lost for many years. Then in 1985, during renovations to a building in Exeter owned by the Society of the Cincinnati, an alert workman noticed the document stashed behind insulation in the attic. Independence Festival is the one and only day each year when the irreplaceable document is put on public display.
Also see . . .  This site. Historical information about the town of Exeter, NH. (Submitted on May 8, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
Looking North image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 7, 2010
3. Looking North
Exeter’s historic town center includes a large gazebo-like structure known as "the Bandstand," where for more than 160 years the Exeter Brass Band has performed summer concerts. The present structure is a 1916 gift from Ambrose Swasey, a local engineer who cofounded Warner & Swasey of Cleveland, Ohio. His firm built the mountings of the great refractors at Lick Observatory in California and Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,017 times since then and 75 times this year. Last updated on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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