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 Daniel 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. Scroll down the page to see directional photos.

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21 Holy Cross Rd

Franklin Historical Society
Franklin, New Hampshire


The Society has traditionally combined the spirit of both Thanksgiving and Christmas in a holiday dinner featuring turkey and all the trimmings in a pot-luck get-together in early December. This year it will be held on Sunday, December 13th, from 4 pm to 7 pm, at the Congregational Church’s Thompson Hall, for which we warmly thank those in charge of the Church’s schedule and Society member Glenn Morrill for arranging “the use of the hall”. There is no charge, unless one considers bringing a dish to contribute a”fee” for admission (actually, no one has to bring anything—it is strictly voluntary). As the Society has done in the past, donations to the area’s food banks in the form of non-perishable items are also welcomed, in order to share the season’s largesse with those less fortunate.

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Stay safe, stay warm, have a joyous Christmas and New Year,
and see you in the Spring.
[This month’s photo: top left to bottom right: the four 1893 “station chairs” from the GAR Hall, upstairs in the city/memorial hall, before restoration; close-up of the bottom of one chair; chairs after being restored; George and Geraldine Iliff, who helped load and unload the chairs]

Become a member! Yearly dues are only $10 per person, or $125 for a lifetime membership. Alreaday a member? Encourage someone you know to also join in the ongoing quest to preserve and perpetuate the history of our beloved city.

To get to the Franklin Historical Society in the Webster/Tay house from Route 3, turn at this sign onto Holy Cross Road.
The Historical Society is then the first building on the right.
View or Print Directions to the Webster/Tay House
21 Holy Cross Rd

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