C. 1904

Smith Barn

C. 1683

Nathaniel Felton House

C. 1852

Osborn-Salata House

For Our Members

We will be voting on revised By Laws at our Annual Meeting on May 22nd, 2024. See link below for cover letter summarizing the changes as well as an updated copy of the ByLaws.

Updated Bylaws for Members 2024 with Cover Sheet

If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected].


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!

“Until the Cows Come Home: Farming in Peabody”

     Come learn about Peabody's agricultural past and present with our latest exhibit “Until the Cows Come Home: Farming in Peabody.” We tell the stories of individual family farms, explain Peabody's connection to the Topsfield Fair and show how grassroots...


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.

Postcards from Peabody's Past

Peabody’s Parks – Part 1

Summer is officially here. Whether you are sliding into it or crawling towards it, it is time to celebrate better weather and spending time outdoors.   This week, we are starting a series on Peabody's parks and the history behind them. Emerson Park Emerson Park,...

The Gnecco and Grilk Fire

On May 14, 1964, around 10:30am, the Gnecco and Grilk Tanning Company at 27 Howley Street exploded. It was a 6-story frame building. Fire departments from 10 local communities aided in putting out the fire, which burned for hours. By noon, the roof had collapsed....

Tea Time!

This week on the blog, we talk about the history of tea. The first cup of tea is often to attributed to Chinese Emperor Shennong in 2737 BCE. He encouraged his subjects to boil their water before drinking, and it is said that a leaf fell into his cup. He enjoyed the...


Peabody Historical Society
33 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960




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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

The Peabody Historical Society and Museum are proud members of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Website photos courtesy of Solare Wedding Photography and GraVoc Associates