Founded in 1896

Peabody Historical Society & Museum

C. 1904

Smith Barn

C. 1683

Nathaniel Felton House

C. 1852

Osborn-Salata House

COVID-19 Changes at PHS

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.

To contact our museum staff, please leave a voicemail at 1-978-977-0514 or email the Curators, and

To contact our office, please leave a voicemail at 1-978-531-0805, or email

To contact our Wedding Coordinator, Tammy Messina, please call 1-978-204-6345.

We thank you for your patience during this time, and look forward to continuing to serve the Peabody community.

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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 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.


Salem Village or, Peabody

We at the Peabody Historical Society are excited for the progress being made on the Proctor’s Ledge Memorial. Peabody, in fact, was home to some of the most well-known victims of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 (being known as Salem Village then). John and...

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Happy Birthday George!

George Peabody was a banker and philanthropist. He was arguably the first man of wealth to donate much of his fortune to benefit others. He was born in South Danvers on February , 1795, in a house on Washington Street. In 1868 the town of South Danvers was renamed...

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The Mass Memories Road Show is Coming to Peabody

Mark your calendars! The Mass Memories Road Show is coming to Peabody on Saturday, October 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Peabody Senior Center, 79 Central Street. The Mass Memories Road Show is a state-wide digital history project with the goal to document the...

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Programs & Events

Annual Tea with Mrs. Felton

A classic afternoon tea with the Peabody Historical Society & Museum

When: June 10, 2020 (Wednesday), 1 to 3 pm

Where: Nathaniel Felton, Jr. House

Doors open at 12:45

Admission is $12 per person. Please contact Peg Lazzaro for additional information and to sign up. Her number is 978-532-1813. Checks should be made out to the Peabody Historical Society and Museum, and can be sent to Peg at 5 Henrietta Road, Peabody, MA 01960.









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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