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

Our “250 Years of Service: Peabody’s Veterans” exhibit will be open Monday through Thursday, 10am to 3pm. 

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

A Trip Down Main Street

Our Route 1 blog was so well-received, so we are taking another trip, but this time down Main Street. This is by no means an exhaustive list of Main Street businesses, and we would love to hear your suggestions. What did we miss? Is there a particular business we...

A Trip Down Route 1

In this first month of 2022, we are taking a trip down another important "1" in Peabody's history, Route 1. Newburyport Turnpike, or Route 1, was created in 1804 as the Boston & Newburyport Turnpike. Initially a toll road, it became a state highway in 1890. This...

Cheers to History!

The Proctor family opened a tavern at their homestead on Lowell Street in 1666 "to sell Beere, sider & liquors for ye accommodation of Travellours." In 1796, Johnson Proctor purchased the inn and tavern, at 348 Lowell Street, from his mother. The print to the left...


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