Exeter was named for the Earl of Exeter. The name is derives from the England town of Exeter in Devonshire. It was here that the Mercy Brown Vampire incident occurred in 1892.
The area that is now Exeter was known in the 1600ís as the Vacant Lands for the reason that there were no settlements there. But it was the home of the Narragansett Indians. Though the land was purchased in 1657, there were still hostilities between the Indians and the colonists. Though many battles were fought, the most well known was called the Great Swamp fight as it ended the Indian stronghold. From about 1680 until 1725, many new settlers began to arrive and build their farms and homes. In just a few years, there were over 1,000 people living in Exeter. By 1820, not only had the population tripled, but there were many businesses, factories and mills of all kinds built around the streams in the villages of Exeter. As the 1900ís began, many of the little villages had declining populations and businesses and mills began to close. The area has remained largely rural to this day.
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Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Water Park
Rhode Island's only ski slope!
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge
a 722 acre site with trails and much natural beauty.
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Exeter Town Hall
675 Ten Rod Road
Exeter, RI 02822
The town is governed by a five member Town Council.
the villages of Exeter include Arcadia, Austin, Black Plain, Fisherville, Lewis City, Liberty and Millville.
Median Household income:
2000 - $ 64,452
2005 - $ 75,900
Median house value:
2000 - $ 166,200
2005 - $ 366,700
Exeter is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time during a portion of the year.