Located in the New Hampshire Seacoast region, Exeter is ten miles from Portsmouth and eight miles from the Hampton Beach Area. The neighboring towns of Stratham, Newfields, Kensington, Brentwood and East Kingston are a vital part of the greater Exeter area.
A splendid, historic and picturesque New England community, Exeter has a history dating back to the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony around Boston and Salem in the early decades of the 17th century. The fledgling community that Reverend John Wheelwright and his followers established at the falls of the Exeter River and the tidal pool of the Squamscott River in the spring of 1638 was one of the earliest villages established in what was to become New Hampshire. Exeter even served as the state's capital for fourteen years at the time of the American Revolution.
As one of the stops along the Amtrak Downeaster, Exeter is the perfect day trip destination. From a multitude of social and cultural events held throughout the year to endless recreational activities, there is something here to please everyone. Enjoy the day visiting the unique boutique shops and dining establishments along Water Street while taking in the history and architecture offered by New Hampshire's Colonial capital.