Help us preserve Peabody’s history
In an effort to keep our members, visitors, and staff safe, the PHS has closed our headquarters buildings at 33 and 35 Washington Street to the public. Staff will be operating remotely to respond to normal business, museum, and wedding inquiries.
Learn more about Peabody’s legendary teams and local heroes. This exhibit explores 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.
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 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.
Programs and Events
It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when Peabody’s leather working industry started. Indigenous people were the first to use Peabody’s waterways for tanning and dressing the skins of fur animals. The earliest written record of tanning for the English...
Our goal is to collect, share and preserve the experiences of daily life in Peabody during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will vote on this version via mail in lieu of our in-person Annual Meeting.
General Gideon Foster House
35 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01960