Founded in 1896

Peabody Historical Society & Museum

C. 1904

Smith Barn

C. 1683

Nathaniel Felton House

C. 1852

Osborn-Salata House

Join us in preserving Peabody’s history

Holiday Hours- July 4th Week

The Peabody Historical Society will be closed from Friday, June 29th to Friday, July 6th. We will re-open on Monday, July 9th for our summer hours. (Summer hours are Mon-Weds-Fri, 10 am to 3pm). Happy 4th of July!

“Travel the World” Exhibit


Our “Travel the World” exhibit is open at the Gideon Foster House, 35 Washington Street.

Come see vintage clothing, suitcases  and other travel memorabilia from the Society’s yesteryear collection, curated by our Costumes expert, Bonita DeLorenzo.  The exhibit can also be seen on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm.  Best to call first at 978-531-0805 or 978-977-0514.


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 Yelp users have chosen the Smith Barn as one of the ten best wedding Venues in Massachusetts!* and the Bons Best of 2018, 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.



Congratulations to our long time member Fran Lucas of the Peabody Garden Club. Fran won a blue ribbon at the 2017 Topsfield Fair for her beautiful picnic display.

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A Special Thank You!

Tom and Shay


We want to give a shout out to Tom Zellen. Tom is the Peabody Historical Society Treasurer and bricklayer extraordinaire. He is pictured here with his beautiful dog Shay, in front of the second walkway he installed at one of our properties. Tom volunteered many hours of his own time, and we want him to know that we appreciate it!

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Mrs. Felton’s Tea

Thank you to our amazing volunteers for another successful Mrs. Felton’s Tea. Special shout out to Margaret Abbott! Thank you Patty Nihan for sharing your photos as well!...

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All Exhibits

“Play Ball: the Story of Sports in Peabody”

Exhibit Opening
“Play Ball: the Story of Sports in Peabody”
When: Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at 1 pm
Where: Osborne-Salata House
33 Washington Street, Peabody, MA


Don’t miss a chance to learn more about Peabody’s legendary teams and local heroes. This exhibit will explore universal themes of community and self-development, as well as taking a look at the many sports items the Historical Society has in our collections. Free to the public.


Peabody Historical Society
33 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960





Message (general info) (research requests)

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
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