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For more information on weddings or a tour of the site, please contact the function manager, Tammy Messina, at 978-204-6345.
To make an appointment to tour the Nathaniel Felton Jr., or Nathaniel Felton, Sr. house, or to conduct research, please call our offices at 978-531-0805.
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.
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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
March is a special month. We are shaking off the cold of the winter, and finally seeing flowers emerging from their winter rest. March is also Women's History Month, so it seemed only appropriate to talk about the life and accomplishments of Peabody's Marion "Tillie"...
Elizabeth Whitman’s story may not have been preserved by time, had a female author not penned a bestselling novel, based on her life. Born in 1752, Whitman was the daughter of a Connecticut minister and his wife. Well-educated, and widely admired for her poetry and...
Engraving of Gideon Foster,March 7, 1836 Work of M. C. Torrey and B. F. Nutting Peabody's own General Gideon Foster was born February 24th, 1749 - making him 273 years young today. He was born to Lydia Goldthwaite and Gideon Foster. The Goldthwaite family settled in...
General Gideon Foster House
35 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01960