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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.
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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.
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Peabody's first train line was built in 1846 by the Essex Railroad, ultimately connecting Salem, Peabody, Danvers and Lawrence. On July 4, 1848, 3,000 people traveled the Peabody to Danvers section of the journey and marveled at the innovation. Train Ticket, 1880...
Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie in Salem is the oldest, continuously operated candy company in America, and much of its early history was rooted in Peabody. In 1806, Mrs. Spencer began selling gibralters, a hard sugar candy, from her wagon in Salem. Upon her death, the...
Over the course of the pandemic, people took to increasingly creative ways to connect with others, while isolated in their homes. One such activity was amateur, or ham, radio. Photograph, Peabody Boy Scouts, circa 1930, operating a radio and learning Morse Code...
General Gideon Foster House
35 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01960