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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.
Programs and Events
This week, we will continue our May series on Peabody's service members. We will delve into the life, death and legacy of the Kiley brothers. Photograph, Left to Right,Roger Kiley, Ralph Kiley (and the family dog) Today, the Kiley name is mostly synonymous with the...
Armed Forces Day was observed last Saturday, May 15th. It is a day to reflect on the sacrifices of those who currently serve in the military. In that spirit, we will look back on Peabody's own, Captain Samuel Brown, and the ultimate sacrifice he made during the Civil...
This program is supported by a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities.
Through their generosity, these 3 presentations are free to the public and via Zoom.
Wednesday, June 23 – 1PM
Justin W. Thomas presents “The Moses B. Paige Company: The Last of the Peabody Potteries”
Wednesday, August 25 – 1PM
Dr. Lynne Mannion presents “Local 21 and the Moral Economy”, specifically about Peabody leather and union history.
Wednesday, September 22 – 1PM Stephanie Schorow presents “Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston”
General Gideon Foster House
35 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01960