The Franklin Historical Society was incorporated in 1981 to study and preserve the history of Franklin.

Housed in the Historic Webster Tay/House, a part of Daniels Webster's "Elms Farm" from 1799-1855, later the New Hampshire Orphanage from 1871-1959, and now the Webster Place Recovery Center, the Society meets on the first Thursday of the month from April through November.

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21 Holy Cross Rd


Franklin Historical Society
Franklin, New Hampshire


Into the Deep 

The August potluck dinner was an absolute success, with constant conversation, friends reconnecting with friends, and everyone sharing, and being sated by, an abundance of savory selections. The Society's cookbook, under the stewardship of author Elizabeth Jewell, is well on its way to becoming a reality as a mixture of stories and recipes appropriately reflecting the changing tastes of our evolving city.

In September, a very special event will be held by the Society at the Franklin Public Library. On Thursday, September 4th at 7 pm, scuba diver and underwater historian Hans Hug will discuss the deep aquatic finds lying at the bottom of Lake Winnipesaukee in an engrossing style that has attracted hundreds of rapt listeners all over NH. “What Lies Beneath Winnipesaukee” will delve into the artifacts, shipwrecks and other underwater discoveries that Mr. Hug has uncovered over the years he has taken his camera to the depths of the Big Lake. 

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Check out our Cookbook Project!

Anyone wishing to join the board and become more active in their contribution 

to the Society's future should contact president Leigh Webb at 934-8222.
The job of preserving and learning from the past is a labor of love and well worth the effort. Please consider becoming a part of the Franklin Historical Society and its mission to move confidently into the future by truly understanding the past.

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