C. 1904

Smith Barn

C. 1683

Nathaniel Felton House

C. 1852

Osborn-Salata House

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Visiting Us

For more information on weddings or a tour of the site, please contact the function manager, Tammy Messina, at 978-204-6345.


Please be advised that our exhibit “250 Years of Service: Peabody’s Veterans”, the Gideon Foster House and the Salata-Osborn House will be open by appointment for summer 2022. Please call 978-531-0805 or email


To make an appointment to tour the Nathaniel Felton Jr., or Nathaniel Felton, Sr. house, or to conduct research, please call our offices at 978-531-0805.

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.


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.

Postcards from Peabody's Past

We all scream for ice cream recently asked their readers who makes the BEST ice cream sandwich in Massachusetts. Peabody's Holy Cow Ice Cream Cafe came out on top, with 50% of the votes. Read more here. Delicious Facts During World War I, a German officer was quoted about America’s...

There are Cows in Peabody

In 1626, upon the arrival of English settlers, Peabody (then Salem) was hilly and forested with many brooks, ponds and rivers. The settlers undertook the arduous task of clearing the land of trees and stones. In the interim, they grew corn, which could grow between...

The Felton Family Legacy

If you travel down Felton Street today, you will pass the Peabody Historical Society's Felton-Smith Historic Site and end at the City of Peabody's Brooksby Farm.   Image if you walked here 386 years ago - how different the land would be then.   In 1636, at...


Peabody Historical Society
33 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960



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