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, 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

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

MEMBER PRICE: $10, from the Society.

The verbal history book “Echoes from the Mills” has been reprinted by the Society and is now available for only $15. Also available, NEW! is a 13 1/2 by 23 1/2 copy of the 1890 map of Webster Lake, with a legend identifying businesses (ice houses) and owners of homes around the lake. Suitable for framing! On card stock for only $10. Please click on “Contact” and fill out the required information if you are interested in obtaining copies.

For those wishing to communicate or send dues, donations, or packages via the US Postal service, please use the Society’s mailing address of PO Box 43, Franklin, NH 03235. The Society DOES NOT accept mail deliveries at the Holy Cross Road address, the use of which could cause the mail to be returned or delayed.

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Spring is here! And with the change of seasons comes the advent of a new year for the Society. April marks the month for the the first meeting of 2023, and the annual call for membership dues. For those living outside of Franklin, the easiest way to stay current is mail your dues to the Franklin Historical Society, PO Box 43, Franklin, NH 03235. Rates are the same, and can be accessed on the Society’s website under “Membership” (you might also refresh your memory with the November minutes, on which their approval will be voted). Members who look forward to attending the April meeting on Thursday, April 6th, at 7 pm, at its Museum at Webster Place, may bring their checks or cash and pay then.  The speaker will be Mr. John Benham, detailing the decades–long history of the “Kearsarge Mountain Boys”, a group comprised of some of the most influential residents of Franklin. Photos of these people spanning many years will be available for attendees to help identify those whose names have been lost to time and failing memories. The meeting is open to all, and light refreshments will be served after the talk, and before the Society’s regular business meeting, to which all are encouraged to attend. Parking is behind the building (first on the right as you enter the property) and along Holy Cross Road (please pull completely off the pavement so as to not block the road).

Franklin Historical Society-- Franklin, New Hampshire