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

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.

Franklin Historical Society -- Franklin, New Hampshire

Special Visitor for our June 2nd Meeting


And now, after waiting seemingly for an abbreviated eternity, the weather we have all craved is here, and for some inexplicable reason, time has accelerated. The weeks of planting, and watching new life spring from the earth in bountiful quantities, is speeding by, as if to tease, to give, only to take away again all too soon. The message here is to enjoy all these precious moments, to savor every brilliant sunset, every whiff of an invigorating breeze, and every bite of an early summer strawberry. And enjoy an illuminating trip into the past with the Society’s June offering, a brief and illustrated “History of the Property Once Home to the Elms Farm, the NH School for Orphans, and the Sisters of Holy Cross”, in the Society’s meeting room, 21 Holy Cross Road (at Webster Place) at 7 pm on Thursday, June 3rd. The Society is looking forward to the attendance of a very special guest, who will hopefully share her insight on the Sisters’ tenure as stewards of this exceptional and historic property. As always, the program is free and open to all, and light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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