Visitor Information

orange_harvest_visitors Exeter Murals

Exeter’s unique downtown is home to 26 murals relating to the history of Exeter and its surrounding areas.  The most recent mural was dedicated on the 100th anniversary of the City of Exeter in March of 2011.  For details visit our Mural Gallery.

museum_visitors Exeter Museum

One of the newest additions to Exeter’s heritage is the Exeter Museum which is located next to Exeter Art Gallery.  This historic 1913 former Mt. Whitney power house is an interactive experience into Exeter’s past.  Admission to the Gallery and Museum is free. Please visit their Exeter Historical Museum Facebook page for more information.

garden_party_visitors Annual Events

There are several events that take place in the City of Exeter.  We have the Exeter Fall Festival in October.  Starting at the end of November we have the Exeter Holiday Open House.  The Exeter Chamber of Commerce has further information regarding all of our annual events.

parks_visitorsCity Parks

Exeter has many parks.  City Park, located at Chestnut and E Streets, has a child play area, picnic area, horse shoes, wading pool (seasonal), restrooms, library and a Carnegie Building / Senior Center.  This park is also the venue for Exeter’s free summer concert series.  For more information about Exeter parks, see the Recreation Department.

Our newest park, the Exeter Bark Park was a community-wide effort lead by the Friends of Residential Exeter Dogs and is located on F street across from City Hall.

History

Before the coming of the European settlers, the area that is now Exeter was part of a vast plain where elk, antelope and deer grazed and spring wildflowers bloomed in profusion.  Native American Indians made their homes in the oak forest two miles north of the present town.

In 1888, as the railroad carved its way through the southern San Joaquin valley, towns grew up along its route.  D.W. Parkhurst, representing the Southern Pacific Railroad, bought land from John Firebaugh, an early settler, and the town of Exeter was born, named after Parkhurst’s native Exeter, England.

MuseumThe development of water resources and the planting of fruit trees and vines brought growth to the little community.  The first school was built in 1897, the high school district was organized in 1908, and the residents voted to incorporate in 1911.  Cattle ranching was an integral part of Exeter’s history.  The Gill Cattle Company of Exeter was established in the late 1800’s and is still in operation.  Once the largest cattle ranching business in the United States, the company owned and leased more than six million acres of land in nine western states.

Boasting the finest navel oranges in the world, Exeter, California, has a rich agricultural heritage built on a hundred years of American tradition.  Exeter is known for growing the sweetest oranges in the world and as the “Citrus Capital of the World”.Street Sweeper

City Hall Under Construction

In 2011 Exeter paused to celebrate 100 years as an incorporated city.   A number of special events occurred throughout the year, including the planting of a Centennial Time Capsule, a Centennial parade, and a full day of activities in City Park culminating in a concert by the Sons of the San Joaquin.   Throughout the remainder of the year, additional Centennial-themed events took place to celebrate Exeter’s 100th birthday.

 

City Offices:

To find out more about the City of Exeter and our services, the following locations may be helpful:

City Hall (Finance, Planning, and Community Services):

137 North F Street, Exeter CA 93221

Administrative Offices (City Administrator, City Clerk, City Council):

100 North C Street, Exeter CA 93221

Police Department: 100 North C Street