Events 2017

For Members and Friends:

Private Tour of the Gilman Garrison House,

Thursday, October 12 at 10:30am

Gilman Garrison House, Exeter, NH

Have you ever wondered what’s inside the Gilman Garrison House, which sits quietly across from the old “Loaf and Ladle” restaurant in Exeter and never seems to be open to the public? 

We have arranged to have a private guided tour just for members of the Brentwood Historical Society and their friends.  Save the date of Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:30 a.m.  There is a lot to see and hear about this wonderful edifice.  The first section was built in 1709, over 300 years ago.  The Gilmans had prosperous sawmills nearby on the banks of the Squamscott River.

The oldest portion has a frame of oak timbers, with heaving wooden planking forming its walls. The upper floor projects over the ground floor, and there is evidence that the overhang originally had firing portholes in its floor. There are also wall structures indicative that part of the house could be isolated by means of a wooden portcullis.

After 1732 the more elegant right wing was added, making suitable rooms available for important meetings and gatherings. It was owned late in the 18th century by Ebenezer Clifford, a master carpenter of renown throughout New Hampshire's Seacoast region, who took on Daniel Webster as a tenant while the latter attended Phillips Exeter Academy

The house passed through several families and was privately owned until 1966, when it was turned over to the Historic New England organization.  It is also in the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, please contact Linda Rousseau, Program Chair, at or 772-4534.

 Museum Always Open by Appointment for a Visit

The Historical Society Museum does not have regular open hours, but residents or town visitors are always welcome to call and ask for time to come and browse or study.   There are rare and interesting books on historical subjects in the library corner, and the photo albums and scrapbooks out on the display cases provide hours of looking and reminiscence.  Call Alma Vahey, president, at 679-8635 for an appointment. She will arrange for someone to open the building and show you around.

Some past events:

  • “Songs and Stories of World War II - Popular Wartime Songs and their Stories you didn’t knowby Richard Kruppa
  • Talk by Michael Tougias on his book “The finest hours”.
  • Spotlight on the Grange
  • Pontine Theatre: “Isles of Shoals: Eternal Sound of the Sea.”
  • Antique and Heirloom Evaluation days
  • New Hampshire's One Room Rural School Exhibition
  • Picnic Trip to Ft. Stark, New Castle, NH
  • Quilt Exhibition
  • Vintage Vehicle Days     
  • Antiques Evaluations     
  • Old Fashioned Christmas Open Houses
  • Military Exhibit 
  • How to Build a New England Dry Stone Wall        
  • Conservation of Artifacts
  • History of Exeter Area Fire Fighting         
  • The Art of Dowsing            
  • Brentwood Families and Neighborhoods
  • Chores of Yore Exhibit           
  • Tall Case Clocks (Grandfather Clocks)


13 Year Event Program History: click here.

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