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.

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21 Holy Cross Rd

Franklin Historical Society
Franklin, New Hampshire


OPEN every Sunday!
Continuing to Labor Day weekend, the Society's building will be open Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm, with tours, drinks, treats, and Society merchandise for sale. 

History lives.
Happy birthday America! And what does July 4th, the day the Declaration of Independence was made public in 1776, bring to mind at the Franklin Historical Society? A pre-Revolutionary War deed for a King's grant lot, part of the intervale of Elm's Farm, belonging to Samuel Scribner (kidnapped by Indians, sold into slavery, who ultimately escaped to return to his family), signed by Ebenezer Stevens (for whom Stevenstown was named) as a witness, and made out by Josiah Bartlett, the New Hampshire signer of the document which began the action we celebrate every year--the birth of our nation. A copy of this amazing deed is proudly displayed in the Society's exhibit room, as an integral part of Franklin's, New Hampshire's, New England's, and America's history. Those who have taken advantage of the Society's open hours of 11 am to 2 pm on Sundays, have been able to peruse this document and many other pieces of Franklin's intricate and fascinating story. Whether you are using the trail and stop by for refreshments (cold drinks and snacks are sold to benefit the Society), or have just been meaning to visit the museum, Sundays have provided sustenance for both body and mind. Read more in this month's newsletter.

Upcoming Programs
July's program at the monthly meeting of the Society will feature "The Franklin Library Collections, Part II" at the usual time of 7 pm, Thursday July 2nd, at the Society's Webster Place home (21 Holy Cross Road, off Route 3.  All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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.

This month's photo is courtesy of Rob Sargent, Franklin Librarian, for allowing the Society to scan its wonderful array of historic photos and items. In keeping with July's holiday, it is a view of Central Street on July 4th, 1890.

View or Print Directions to the Webster/Tay House
21 Holy Cross Rd

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