Founded in 1896

Peabody Historical Society & Museum

C. 1904

Smith Barn

C. 1683

Nathaniel Felton House

C. 1852

Osborn-Salata House

Help us preserve Peabody’s history

Visiting the PHS Safely

The Peabody Historical Society is pleased to announce that we are again open, by appointment, for weddings, visits, and research. To make an appointment to tour the Nathaniel Felton Jr., or Nathaniel Felton, Sr. house, or to conduct research, please call our offices at 1-978-531-0805. We ask that all visitors wear a mask and maintain a social distance, if they are not vaccinated.

For more information on weddings or a tour of the site, please contact the function manager, Tammy Messina, at 978.204.6345.



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.

Programs and Events

Hamming it up on the radio

Over the course of the pandemic, people took to increasingly creative ways to connect with others, while isolated in their homes. One such activity was amateur, or ham, radio. Photograph, Peabody Boy Scouts, circa 1930, operating a radio and learning Morse Code...

Ice Cold History

In keeping with our "wow, it's hot outside theme" - let's dig into the history of ice. While we may take it for granted today, in the not so distant past, ice was a novelty. In 1805, Frederic Tudor of Boston came up with the idea to sell ice and ship it nationally and...

The History of America’s Favorite Treat

Photograph, Chandler's Ice Cream, 86 Andover Street, circa 1954 Advertisement, Lynnfield News, September 7, 1978 The recent heatwave has inspired this week's post. Let's grab a spoon and dig into some fun facts about the history of ice cream. Americans did not invent...


Peabody Historical Society
33 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960





Message (general info) / (research requests)

Smith Barn

Felton-Smith Historic Site, 38 Felton St., Peabody, MA 01960

General Gideon Foster House

Headquarters/Office Hours
35 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01960

Osborne-Salata House

33 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01960

Sutton-Peirson House

31 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01960

Nathaniel Felton Senior House

47 Felton Street, Felton-Smith Historic Site, Peabody, MA 01960

Nathaniel Felton Junior House

43 Felton Street, Felton-Smith Historic Site, Peabody, MA 01960

Peabody Historical Fire Museum

38 Rear Felton Street, Felton-Smith Historic Site, Peabody, MA 01960