Franklin Historical Society-- Franklin, New Hampshire

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

Available NOW! Our Society cookbook project is done!

$12, available online at, or from the Society. 

MEMBER PRICE: $10, from the Society.

The Christmas spirit is alive and well, manifesting itself as it does every year, in the form of the annual potluck dinner for members, friends, and family in December. Two turkeys will be cooked by volunteers Glenn Morrill (who is also responsible for reserving Thompson Hall as the venue) and Elizabeth Jewell, garlic mashed potatoes will be provided by the usual suspect, and all the rest of the  fixings will be brought by attendees. Non-perishable foodstuffs again will be collected for the local food pantry, and camaraderie will warm the hall better than any space heater. Social hour will begin at 4 pm on Sunday December 9th, with dinner being served buffet-style at 5. Should there still be gaps on your Christmas shopping list, remember that the Society offers the Alice Shepard “History of Franklin”with an interesting selection of other books, including the Society’s own cookbook, filled with historic photos, stories, factoids, and of course, wonderful recipes. You might even want a collectible Sesquicentennial plate, or a gift membership. For pricing information or to purchase any of the aforementioned items, simply contact president Leigh Webb at 934-8222, to arrange pick-up or delivery.

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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.