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.

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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 2018, 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

Women’s History Month

Learn more about Peabody’s own Mary Upton Ferrin – a tireless champion for women’s rights. More on our blog

The Upton House and Tavern

The home at 735 Lowell Street in West Peabody has a long and storied history, as the Upton House and Tavern.

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Click on our blog to learn more and see additional photographs! 

Celebrating Black History

February is Black History Month.

Carter G. Woodson, a distinguished Black author and journalist, advocated for a Black History Week in 1924. Woodson felt that the lives and accomplishments of Black Americans were not being properly recorded or celebrated. This idea eventually became what we know as Black History Month.

Black History Month is meant to be jumping off point for an on-going, year round conversation. We start that discussion by delving into the life of Sybil Swinerton, the last surviving slave of Danvers, now Peabody. Check out more on 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 / kelly.daniell@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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