With approximately 14,500 residents, Exeter is one of the larger towns in the Seacoast region bordered by the Squamscott River, Stratham, Hampton/Falls, East Kingston, Brentwood & Newfields/Newmarket. Exeter has one of the best school districts in the area. Public schools include Main Street School (K-2nd grades), Lincoln Street School (3rd-5th grades), Cooperative Middle School (6th-8th grades), & Exeter High School. It is also home to the highly reputable Phillips Exeter Academy, a private, residential college-preparatory school founded in 1781. The real estate market is healthy, with a wide variety of price points ranging from roughly $200k – $1 million. It is a vibrant, popular town for a variety of age groups, due to the wider array of activities, schools and businesses present in the area.

Walking, Biking & Driving

Amtrak stops in Exeter between Boston and Portland. Routes 101, 111, 27, 85 & 88 all run through Exeter, with I-95 located just east of the town. The historic downtown area is walkable along Water Street and Swasey Parkway offers scenic walks, runs and bike rides. Henderson-Swasey Parkway, the Oaklands, Raynes Farm, Litter River & Fresh River/Beech Hill offer trails maintained by the town, and some are kid-friendly!

The Scene

Year round farmer’s market, Memorial Day parade, Summer Concert Series, July 4th festival, Halloween Parade & Festival, Festival of Trees & a Holiday Parade at Christmas time, to name a few of Exeter’s events. Highlights of places to visit include The Swasey Parkway, Exeter Country Club, The Rinks at Exeter (2 state of the art ice rinks & arcade and other games), The American Independence Museum, the Bandstand & Phillips Exeter Academy. It also has a vibrant restaurant & local scene with juice and coffee bars like Laney & Lu, as well as restaurants like Blue Moon Evolution, Epoch Restaurant & Bar, Otis, The Green Bean, and Neighborhood Beer Co. Visitors can stay at the quaint and local Exeter Inn. The downtown area is walkable, with local shops like Water Street Bookstore & Serendipity.


Exeter is named after the historic city in Devon, England. It was first settled in 1638 and originally included a vaster area encompassing Newmarket, Newfields, Epping, Brentwood & Fremont. The Gilman family was one of the first families to settle in Exeter, and lived in the current historic Gilman Garrison House & American Independence Museum. They also donated the land on which Phillips Exeter Academy was established. Also of note, in 1965, a documented UFO sighting (a bright red UFO) was seen by 3 men and the Air Force was unable to verify the object. It is still considered one of the more remarkable sightings on record. Exeter is one of the more prominent towns, with a vast history of politicians, inventors, architects & educators.