Facts About Exeter

The town of Exeter is situated at the base of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The area has scenic beauty, a thriving business community, and a population who take great pride in the town’s heritage, quality housing, good schools, and a very low incidence of crime.

Mountain View

Situated in the middle of California’s agricultural heartland the great San Joaquin Valley, one of the world’s most fertile valleys, Exeter is known for the sweetest oranges in the world. Exeter is also known for it’s abundant supply of citrus, deciduous fruits, nuts and table grapes.

Centrally Located

Exeter is located on State Highway 65, 2 miles south of Highway 198 and 15 miles east of Highway 99. Exeter is within a 3 to 4 hour drive of both Los Angeles and San Francisco, and 30 minutes from the entrance to Sequoia National Park.

Mural 19 The Firebaugh Kids
19. The Firebaugh Kids – Artist: Roger Cooke, Sandy, OR (2002) Here some of Firebaugh kids (Grand-children of Exeter’s founder John Firebaugh) are hauling a wagon of milk from the dairy to the creamery in about 1915. The Board of Trade Building, now the Exeter Chamber of Commerce is near the center of the mural. Look closely and you will see a face in the tree.


National recognition was given to Exeter in 2000 as “One of America’s Prettiest Painted Places”. Professional artists depicting the history and culture of the area have painted huge murals on exterior walls throughout the downtown area. There are currently 32 murals in this outdoor art gallery, and more are planned. Group tours can be arranged.

1. Orange Harvest
1. Orange Harvest – Artists: Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, Visalia, CA & Morgan McCall, Farmersville, CA. (1996) This beautiful mural features a scene of orange pickers in the 1930’s. A very common scene was that of entire families working together while the children played. Can you find the artists daughter with a secret?

Exeter Gateway to the Sequoias Mural

Excellent Schools

Exeter’s public schools are dedicated to academic excellence and quality in education. The public school system consists of: Exeter Union High School (9-19), Wilson Middle School (6-8), Rocky Hill Elementary (K-5), Lincoln Elementary (K-5) and Kaweah High School (a continuation high school). The 1999-2000 enrollment was: grades K-8, 1,936 and grades 9-12, 1101 students.

In the 1920s, headed north up State Highway 65, this welcome to the city of Exeter, CA, could be seen spanning the highway’s lanes. (Photo courtesy of Delora Buckman)

Gateway to the Sequoias

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are a vast region of snowcapped Sierra Nevada peaks dotted with lakes and covered with pine, cedar and redwood forests. This beautiful wilderness area offers Exeter’s residents and visitors a bounty of opportunities for adventure and recreation. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are known for the General Sherman Tree, the worlds largest living thing, Mt. Whitney, at 14,494 feet, the highest peak in the lower 48 states, and Kings Canyon, the deepest canyon in the continental U.S.