One of the nice things about living in New England is the ability to take interesting day trips so yesterday we headed sixteen miles south to the town of Exeter.
Exeter was founded in 1638 by Reverend John Wheelwright and was one of the four original towns in the colony. It was also a seaport in the late 1600’s and 1700’s and served as the capital of the state during the American Revolution.
This beautiful Town Hall and the cupola on top holding The Statue of Lady Justice were built in 1855. It sits at the center of the historic downtown.
A few feet away from the historic Town Hall is a wonderful bandstand. The original one was erected in 1895 and replaced by this one in 1916. On Monday nights in July each year there are brass band concerts which have been going on since the founding of the Exeter Brass Band in 1847.
Directly across the street from the Town Hall on the other side of the Bandstand is the historic 1809 Inn by the Bandstand. Exeter has a lovely small downtown area with numerous shops and restaurants.
I have to admit my main reason for visiting Exeter was to check out fabric artist Nancy Morgan’s exhibit at the Seacoast Artist Association.
If you sew, quilt or even admire talented craftsmen, I would highly suggest checking out her website. She does things with fabric and thread that the rest of us only dream about.
Historic doors, buildings, bandstands and talented artists – all good things on a beautiful summer day. 🙂
Linked to Norman Frampton’s Thursday Doors, August 4, 2016.