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A little about Exeter

Exeter was founded in 1639, what other communities call historic we call urban renewal. Visit our shops, walk our streets and visualize almost 400 years of history.

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The history of Exeter

The area was once the domain of the Squamscott Native Americans, a sub-tribe of the Pennacook nation, which fished at the falls where the Exeter River becomes the tidal Squamscott, the site around which the future town of Exeter would grow. On April 3, 1638, the Reverend John Wheelwright and others purchased the land from Wehanownowit, the sagamore. Wheelwright had been exiled by the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a puritan theocracy, for sharing the dissident religious views of his sister-in-law, Anne Hutchinson. The minister took with him about 175 individuals to found the town he named after Exeter in Devon, England. One of the four original townships in the province, Exeter originally included Newmarket, Newfields, Brentwood, Epping and Fremont. On July 4, 1639, 35 freemen of Exeter signed the Exeter Combination, a document written by Reverend Wheelwright to establish their own government.The settlers hunted, planted and fished.

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Businesses in Exeter, New Hampshire

Here is a collection of downtown Exeter, New Hampshire businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Clyde's Cupcakes


We bake our cupcakes and desserts every day through the day


Pimentos Restaurant and Lounge


Using the freshest ingredients for each season


The Green Bean On Water


Specializing in homemade soups, salads and sandwiches


Tranquility Salon and Skincare


Experience the essence of luxurious services & treatments


All Beads Considered


The bead shop for everyone, beginners to expert


Cornucopia Wine and Cheese Market


A friendly, fun(ky) shop with a European flair




In-Home is a full home furnishing store


La Cave a Vin


Wine from small, boutique wineries, handcrafted cheeses,


Puddlejumpers Childrens Store


Locally owned and operated children's shop


Santerre's Stones 'n Stuff


Offering an eclectic mix of beads, jewelry and minerals


Serendipity Boutique


An unusually satisfying shopping experience


The Chocolatier


We use only time honored recipes


The Willow Shop


Known as offering the Seacoasts largest selections of gifts


Wheel Power Bicycle Shop


A full service bicycle shop