FOUNDED IN 1896
Nathaniel Felton House
We want to thank Mass Humanities for choosing the Peabody Historical Society and Museum as one of the recipients of the Sustaining Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) Grant. The Funding from Mass Humanities, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan, legislated by Congress.
Their support has allowed us to continue our mission of promoting Peabody’s cultural heritage during these difficult times. We are so grateful!
MH Announces SHARP Grants to 90 Organizations – Mass Humanities
For more information on weddings or a tour of the site, please contact the function manager, Tammy Messina, at 978-204-6345.
The Peabody Historical Society & Museum allows personal and commercial photography on the grounds of the Felton-Smith Historical Site to Peabody residents only. Please call 978-531-0805 to request permission. Photography is restricted to Monday through Wednesday. Access may be denied if special events are taking place.
Special thanks to everyone who made the Peabody Historical Society their non-profit of choice under the AmazonSmiles program. Amazon will be discontinuing this program on February 20th, 2023.
“250 Years of Service: Peabody’s Veterans”
Special thanks to Massachusetts SHRAB and the Veterans Heritage Grant for funding for this exhibit.
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!
Postcards from Peabody's Past
The Murder Trial of the Century
Jessie Burnett Costello was born on September 15, 1902 to Jessie B. Fyfe and Andrew J. Fyfe in Yonkers, New York. Her parents had emigrated from Scotland. The family moved to Peabody, where Jessie met her husband, Captain William J. Costello, a Peabody firefighter...
Valentines For Your Sweetheart
Simple valentine cards were exchanged in America, as early as the 1700s. However, elaborate cards, as seen below, were only accessible to an upper-class clientele until 1847. Many credit Emma Howland of bringing fancy paper cut-out valentines to the masses. In 1847,...
The Festival of Lights
Tonight is the fourth night of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. While it is not one of the Jewish High Holidays, it is the mostly widely celebrated Jewish holiday in America. Let us all share in the celebration and discuss the importance of the Jewish community to...
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