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

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

Reflecting on Memorial Day

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...

The Life and Legacy of Captain Samuel Brown

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...

Lunch Time Learning Series

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”


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