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 Daniels 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.

View or Print Directions to the Webster/Tay House

Learn More by Reading The Society's 2012 Spring News Letter
Franklin Historical Society
Franklin, New Hampshire


Finally, it's Spring! 

The May program at the Society will feature a slide show of the scanned photos documenting the building of the modern Franklin Post Office, and presentation of the most interesting new acquisitions (and there a several, and continuing to come in weekly!). The meeting will be on Thursday, May 1st, 7 pm, in the Society's Webster/Tay building, Webster Place, 21 Holy Cross Road off Route 3 (directions available on the Society's website, There will be, as always, light refreshments, no admission charge (although we may lobby for you to join, if not already a member) with an open invitation for all to come. 

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Check out our Cookbook Project!

Don't forget May 10th is Choose Franklin Community Day, and the Society will have a table in Odell Park from 10 am to 2 pm, offering books (including Alice Shepard's "History of Franklin" , Helen LaPlante Duchesne's "Echoes from the Mills", and Elizabeth Jewel's "Franklin Then and Now"), postcards made from the Society's own photographs, Society pin-back buttons, and magnets for sale, while answering your questions about membership and volunteer opportunities. Come be entertained and informed, rain or shine!

Anyone wishing to join the board and become more active in their contribution 

to the Society's future should contact president Leigh Webb at 934-8222.
The job of preserving and learning from the past is a labor of love and well worth the effort. Please consider becoming a part of the Franklin Historical Society and its mission to move confidently into the future by truly understanding the past.

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