Exeter's colonial heritage takes center stage at festival
"We've doubled the number of artisans from last year and devoted the entire lower grounds of the museum to the Artisans Village, not to mention some rooms inside Folsom Tavern as well," she said.
"We also plan on keeping the tavern open past the time of the festival's close at 4 p.m.," said Williams, who noted costumed characters will interact with visitors at the tables. "Our re-enactors are incredible, too - they are all seasoned veterans with a lot of professional experience."
"As a re-enactor for 40 years, I think most of us try to really understand what life was like for a citizen and soldier," he said. "We put ourselves into the time period and hope we can educate the public about it."
"Exeter was the state capital of New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War and played a critical, although often forgotten, role in the founding of our nation, which this festival helps to highlight," Field said. "It is a huge undertaking, but a bold and visible sign of the many dimensions the museum offers throughout the year."
This year, major sponsors include GEICO's local office and Minuteman Health. Additional support is provided by Chinburg Builders, People's United Bank, the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, N.H. State Council on the Arts and in-kind support from Redhook Brewery, Seacoast Media Group and WXEX-FM 92.1 and WXEX-AM 1540.
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