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. 

View or Print Directions to the Webster/Tay House
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.

As so many leaves have yet to fall, there is still some color in the trees, but weather patterns are definitely changing. The only predictability in the weather is its unpredictability. However, it is certain, now that a scheduling conflict has made the program originally planned for the November meeting unavailable, the Society will now present, by popular vote, “The Bridges of Franklin”. Chosen by the membership from three possibilities, the slideshow will reveal the history of some of those structures many do not realize are, or were, underneath or over, the roads or rivers. Be assured that the other two program choices will be part of next year’s programming, with the Society always accepting suggestions of additional interesting and educational offerings. The bridge presentation begins at 7 pm at the Society’s Webster Place museum at 21 Holy Cross Road, Thursday, November 2nd. All are welcome, there is no admission charge, and light refreshments will be offered after the talk and before the regular business meeting. With cooler temperatures, (but not freezing) prevailing, please be prepared for the meeting room to be only partially heated (space heater only), as the central heat source will probably not yet be active.

Franklin Historical Society-- Franklin, New Hampshire

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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