Folsom Tavern: Exeter, New Hampshire

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Folsom Tavern in Exeter, New Hampshire

As part of our building history series, today we take a look at Folsom Tavern in Exeter, New Hampshire:

“Built in 1775 on the corner of Water and Front streets by Colonel Samuel Folsom, the tavern, which operated until 1805, was a popular meeting place and center of political and social activity. In November 1789 George Washington stopped by the tavern ‘to partake of a collatin’ (breakfast) during his tour of New England. During the next two centuries, the building served as the ‘Old Curiosity Shop,’ passenger station fro the Exeter, Hampton, and Amesbury Street Railway, a millinery shop, a Chinese laundry, and ‘Washingtons Lunch.’ In 1929 the Folsom site was sold to the Standard Oil Company, and the tavern was moved to its current location.”

Source: Exeter Historical Society

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