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

“Play Ball: the Story of Sports in Peabody”

Osborne-Salata House
33 Washington Street, Peabody, MA
Open Monday through Friday, 10am to 3pm


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.


World War I – 100 Years Later

Front Cover - Peabody 1919 001

On June 14, 1919, the citizens of Peabody formally welcomed home their servicemen from World War I and to honor the fallen. Exactly 100 years later – let’s learn a little more about Peabody’s role in the war.

Why did the United States enter World War I? 

How did Peabody contribute to the war effort? 

How did Peabody commemorate the end of World War I? 



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PHS Featured on The Smithsonian Channel, March 4th 2019

PHS Featured on The Smithsonian Channel, March 4th 2019

We are excited to announce that the Peabody Historical Society & Museum will be featured in a documentary, premiering on the Smithsonian Channel on Monday evening. In conjunction with a team of historians, Curator Kelly Daniell worked to uncover answers to questions that endure about the physical locations associated with the Salem witch hunt.

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Programs & Events

Holiday Open House

When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm

Where: Nathaniel Felton Jr. House, Felton Street, Peabody. The Felton Jr. House and Fire Museum will be open for tours.

The Peabody Garden Club will decorate the Felton Jr. house.

The Barn is wheelchair accessible. Free. For information 978-531-0805.


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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