FOUNDED IN 1896
Nathaniel Felton House
We want to thank Mass Humanities for choosing the Peabody Historical Society and Museum as one of the recipients of the Sustaining Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) Grant. The Funding from Mass Humanities, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan, legislated by Congress.
Their support has allowed us to continue our mission of promoting Peabody’s cultural heritage during these difficult times. We are so grateful!
MH Announces SHARP Grants to 90 Organizations – Mass Humanities
For more information on weddings or a tour of the site, please contact the function manager, Tammy Messina, at 978-204-6345.
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.
Special thanks to everyone who made the Peabody Historical Society their non-profit of choice under the AmazonSmiles program. Amazon will be discontinuing this program on February 20th, 2023.
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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!
Postcards from Peabody's Past
The History of Santa
This week, we delve into the history of Santa Claus. In modern times, Santa Claus can best be described as a jolly man with a white beard wearing a red suit, carrying a sack of toys. Until the 1800s, in America, Christmas was considered first and foremost a religious...
The Long History of Peabody’s Crafters and Makers
This weekend, the Peabody Historical Society & Museum is hosting the 39th Craft Fair and Apple Bake. It is a wonderful showcase of local crafters and artisans. Who doesn't love a handmade gift? Peabody has a long history of creative makers and "diy"- ers. In 1639,...
The Not So Scary History of Halloween
Our celebration of Halloween has deep and ancient roots. The Celtic Festival of Samhain predates Christianity. This pagan holiday celebrated the end of the growing season. Bonfires were lit to thank the gods for a plentiful harvest and curry favor for the following...
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