Help us preserve Peabody’s history
In an effort to keep our members, visitors, and staff safe, the PHS has closed our headquarters buildings at 33 and 35 Washington Street to the public. Staff will be operating remotely to respond to normal business, museum, and wedding inquiries.
The historic Smith Barn is situated on a picturesque hilltop surrounded by two hundred and fifty acres of orchards and conservation land. Located at the Felton-Smith Historic Site adjacent to Peabody’s Brooksby Farm, the Smith Barn is the perfect setting for your special day. Rich in beauty and significance, the site represents over three centuries of the region’s history and is home to several historic landmarks.
We are proud to share that the Smith Barn was chosen as Bons Best of 2020, Reader’s Choice for Wedding Venue!
Founded in 1896, the Peabody Historical Society & Museum is a center for the preservation, study and enjoyment of Peabody’s cultural heritage. The Society’s collections are of local and national significance and document over 300 years of the region’s history. The Society maintains eight historic properties, an extensive library and archives, and a large collection of china, textiles, furniture and fine and decorative arts.
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Learn more about the grand summer estates of Peabody.
The Lexington Monument exists today because a group of citizens recognized the importance of a permanent memorial to the fallen men of April 19, 1775. In 1834, led by John Upton, a committee was formed make it happen. The local community responded with generous...
Due to continued concerns over COVID-19, there will be no in-person commemoration of Patriot’s Day. However, we will devote April’s Postcards of Peabody’s Past to virtually recognize the sacrifices made that day. Please check out our blog for more.
General Gideon Foster House
35 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01960