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.

 

Weddings

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!

History

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

The Life and Adventures of Peabody’s Virginia Carten

College Yearbook, 1925 Virginia Carten was born on March 23rd, 1903 in Beverly, Massachusetts. Her family moved shortly thereafter to Peabody where they had a dairy and cattle farm - known as the Carten Farm. Carten was a talented artist and she attended Mass College...

Peabody’s World Champion Cyclist

Image, The Boston Herald, 1941 On September 6, 1882, Boston hosted the nation's first 100-mile bicycle race. Americans simply went bicycle crazy from the 1880s to the 1910s, loving the sense of independence it gave them.Peabody's own James (Jim) F. Ingraham was a...

Hurricane of 1938

This summer, Peabody has experienced 2 earthquakes, a tornado warning, heavy rains, flooding and Tropical Storm Henri. So, we thought it was time to revisit another major weather event - the Hurricane of 1938. Proctor's Crossing 218 Lynn Street, near Brown's Pond On...

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Peabody Historical Society
33 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960

Call

978.531.0805

Fax

978.531.7292

Message

info@peabodyhistorical.org (general info)
nora.bigelow@peabodyhistorical.org / kelly.daniell@peabodyhistorical.org (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