Gilman Garrison House
Historic New England

Gilman Garrison House

12 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833

(603) 436-3205

The Gilman Family, owners of lucrative sawmills in Exeter, built a garrison, or fortified structure, near the banks of the Squamscott River in 1709. Today it’s known as the Gilman Garrison House.

The interior was constructed of massive sawn logs, and pulley above the main entrance operated a reinforced door.

Later, in the mid-18th century, Peter Gilman remodeled the house, adding a wing with elegantly paneled rooms.

Today the building is managed and maintained by Historic New England.

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Hours:Open the third Saturday of the month, June through September, 11am4pm. Tours on the hour.
Cost:$5/$4/$2.50; free for Historic New England members and Exeter residents
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