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

COVID Update

In an effort to keep our members, visitors, and staff safe, the PHS has closed our headquarters buildings at 33 and 35 Washington Street to the public. Staff will be operating remotely to respond to normal business, museum, and wedding inquiries.

“Play Ball: the Story of Sports in Peabody”

Osborne-Salata House
33 Washington Street, Peabody, MA
Open Monday through Friday, 10am to 3pm

 

Learn more about Peabody’s legendary teams and local heroes. This exhibit explores universal themes of community and self-development, as well as taking a look at the many sports items the Historical Society has in our collections. Free to the public.

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

Was there a University of Peabody?

Yes, but not in the way you are thinking. From 1921 to 1936, the University of Peabody was a semi-professional football team based in Peabody.

For more information and images – visit our Blog. 

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What was Main Street called before….Main Street?

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1659 Common Land Highway
1692 Highway to North Fields
1736 Ye Town Common Road to Stones Plain
1750 Ye Road to Salem Village
1806 Road from Salem to South Meeting House 
In 1843, Main Street was officially given its name.

For more fun facts and images of Main Street, visit our Blog

Visit

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 (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
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