C. 1904

Smith Barn

C. 1683

Nathaniel Felton House

C. 1852

Osborn-Salata House

Exciting News

We are ecstatic to announce we received a Cultural Sector Recovery Grant for $46,010 from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. We are beyond grateful for their support!

Mass Cultural Council Celebrates $51M in Cultural Sector Pandemic Recovery Grants – Mass Cultural Council

We are also happy to announce that we will be receiving the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant for upcoming preservation work on the Osborn-Salata House. This grant given by Essex Heritage fosters and supports the stewardship activities of organizations that share their mission to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County, Massachusetts).

Last, but not least – The J.B. Thomas Lahey Foundation funds programs that support the health care needs of residents of Peabody, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities. The Peabody Historical Society and Museum recently received funding from the J.B. Thomas Lahey Foundation to purchase 2 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).  We welcome thousands of local people through our doors each year between our wedding rentals and our public programs. AEDs are essential to bridge the gap between cardiac arrest and the arrival of paramedics. Its use increases a person’s survival by 90% if administered in the first minute. The J.B Thomas-Lahey Foundation is at the forefront of local health initiatives, helping Peabody and the surrounding areas. We are honored to be a small part of their work.

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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.

Postcards from Peabody's Past

First Lady Friday – Politicians

We are starting a new series called "First Lady Friday." We will share the stories of women in Peabody's history who were firsts or pioneers in their own way. This series will be interspersed with our other "postcard" topics throughout the year. We hope you enjoy!...

Marching Through Time

With July 4th just around the corner, let's talk parades! The Museum is lucky to have some great images of Peabody parades going back to the late 1800s. From June 14th to 16th, 1919, the City of Peabody formally welcomed home its servicemen following the end of the...

The Five Lives of Peabody High

Graduation season is upon us, so let's take a look at the many lives of Peabody High School. Opened in 1850, the first Peabody High School was a small one-story building, once used as a chapel in the rear of the Unitarian Church on Park Street. It held 43 students....


Peabody Historical Society
33 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960




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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