In Exeter, New Hampshire the town has preserved two great historical properties and used them for the foundation of the American Independence Museum. Exeter has in fact ten structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a drive through the historic district is quite rewarding. The museum has quite a few events throughout the year highlighted by the Independence Festival in July.
The Ladd-Gilman House is the home to the Independence Museum and has quite a few period furnishings on display. Resident of the house John Taylor Gilman was honored with role of reading the Declaration of Independence from the steps of Exeter Town House on July 16, 1776.
The second structure next door to the Ladd-Gilman House is the Folsom Tavern.
Exeter is a wonderful little New Hampshire town with restaurants, a river walk and ample history. Well worth a visit and try to take in one of the festivals.