Centrally located in the southern part of the state, Exeter is slowly adding a suburban edge to its rural character as the extension of Route 4 has brought it closer to mainstream Rhode Island. The rural nature of Exeter is characterized in the wood-covered house lots along its main highways, while the typical suburban growth is hidden in the interior trails and roads that lead off Route 2 and 102. From these two routes, Route 4 leads into Interstate 95 and a 25-minute commute to Providence.



History of Exeter, RI


Exeter is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. Exeter extends east from the Connecticut border to the town of North Kingstown. It is bordered to the north by West Greenwich and East Greenwich, and to the south by Hopkinton, Richmond, and South Kingstown. Exeter’s postal code is 02822, although small parts of the town have the mailing address West Kingston (02892) or Saunderstown (02874).

The Narragansett Indians were the earliest inhabitants of this area. In 1657, the eastern end of Exeter was part of the Pettaquamscutt Purchase from the Narragansetts. During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, colonists began to establish farms and homesteads, and on 8 March 1742 Exeter was incorporated as a town by the Rhode Island General Assembly. By 1790, there were 2,581 residents
During the early decades of the 1800′s, Exeter flourished as farmers grew Indian corn, rye and oats and established dairy farms. Villages grew up around the rivers and streams, providing power for cotton manufacturing, a woolen factory, a clothier’s works, a nail factory, a flannel mill, a denim mill, saw mills, and grist mills. Stores, blacksmith shops, taverns, inns, a tannery, schools, a library, a bank and churches were all established. Late in the 19th century, however, the villages began to decline, and the US Census of 1910 shows only 778 residents remaining in Exeter.

The town of Exeter was formed in 1742 from the western part of North Kingstown. The name Exeter derives from the county town and cathedral city of Exeter in Devon, England. Numerous other places have also been given the name Exeter. Exeter is noted by folklorists as the site of one of the best documented examples of vampire exhumation: the Mercy Brown Vampire Incident of 1892. (Information per the “Historical Assocoation of Exeter” and “Wikipedia”)


Attractions and National Historic Places in Exeter


Exeter Today


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,045 people, 2,085 households, and 1,592 families residing in the town. The population density was 104.7 people per square mile (40.4/km²). There were 2,196 housing units at an average density of 38.0 per square mile (14.7/km²). The town has a total area of 58.4 square miles (151 km2), of which, 57.7 square miles (149 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (1.15%) is water.

The town government is directed by a 5-member town council that is headed by a council president. For the purpose of school administration, Exeter is a member town of the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District along with the neighboring town of West Greenwich.


Exeter Public Schools:

Wawaloam School

100 Victory Hwy
Exeter, RI
(401) 295-8808

Metcalf School

30 Nooseneck Hill Rd
Exeter, RI
(401) 397-3375

Exeter West Greenwich Regional High

30 Nooseneck Hill Rd
West Greenwich, RI
(401) 397-6897


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About Dan


I would like to a take this opportunity to introduce myself, and my abbreviated life story so that you will feel comfortable with who I am and confident in working with me on your real estate transaction.

I was born in CT then moved to Springfield Illinois, Missouri Valley Iowa, East Greenbush New York and finally in RI. My Dad and Mom decided after a number of years of working at Pfizer in Groton CT that my Dad should follow his heart and become a minister for God and so he packed up their 5 young boys and moved to Springfield to attend 5 years of the Seminary to become a Lutheran minister. With my Mom and Dad both working 3-4 part time jobs juggling school and family they succeeded on his dream and we move to Iowa for his first church assignment.

I had the very best parents God could provide as they instilled a great work ethic, always do the right thing and never ever give up. Life was difficult financially and nothing was ever given to us so we were taught the basic fundamental values of you get what you work for. This instilled a very positive outlook on life and helped me develop my strong work ethic and attitude of never ever give up and always “do the right thing” as my Dad would say. During my school years I played as a four-sport athlete and was All State in Soccer and this also developed my competitive spirit to strive for excellence and perfection.

Fast forward to my first job working at Pfizer (yes that is where my Dad worked) where I reached the proverbial glass ceiling in Analytical Research after 16 years. A co-worker challenged me that I could not sell real estate in the worst real estate market in history in 1988. Oh Boy he did not know about my desire to excel and my positive attitude. I jumped in with both feet and left Pfizer for a full time career in Real Estate Sales and I have never looked back.

My Real Estate career in RI, CT and MA took off and in less than 4 years I was ranked as the #1 selling real estate agent in the 6 New England States for RE/MAX and sold 124 homes by myself. No one in RI has since sold that many residential resale listings by one person. To this day I keep a very high level of production of sales and have employed a full time administrative support staff to make sure every deal goes smoothly and my clients get superior service at no extra costs. My biggest concern with every

transaction I am involved with is that each client works with ME and my full time administrative support staff allows me to spend one on one time with each client.

A little bit about my family that I am so proud of and inspires me to work hard every day so that I can provide for them and enjoy my time off with them. My wife Marguerite of 38 years and counting (yes we got married early at 21 years old) and prior to that we dated for 4 years in High School. She is the hardest worker (great inspiration for me) and is always giving of herself and to others. She has set the standard as a standout employee at Westerly Hospital for 38+ years. We have two awesome sons Ryan 34 married to Beth with their two adorable twin daughters Madison and Hannah now 3 years old. Our youngest son Nick 30 married to Alicia with their handsome son Kaeson now 7 months. I love doing projects with them whether it is ripping apart and remodeling Nick and Alicia’s home or building a huge patio with concrete pavers and fire pit this last summer for Ryan and Beth.

When time permits I hit the golf course and one of the items on my bucket list was to win a club championship, which I did in 2010 at Fenner Hill Golf Club. Now some other items on my to do list are, for Marguerite and I to attend the Masters Golf tournament, Go to Hawaii, Visit Italy and spend time snorkeling in the Grand Cayman Islands.

Thanks for learning a little more about me and I hope to some day help you with your real estate needs or just have a cup of coffee.

Dan Liese “the hard working nice guy”