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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.
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
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...
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...
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...
General Gideon Foster House
35 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01960