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

Franklin Historical Society-- Franklin, New Hampshire

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.

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Available NOW! Our Society cookbook project is done!

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MEMBER PRICE: $10, from the Society.

The Society’s museum is now open every Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm, offering free guided tours of the exhibits, and sales of books on the history of Franklin, postcards, and other merchandise, as well as membership information and snacks—ice cream, drinks, and trail mix bars! If you are using the Rail Trail, stop in and learn how rich this area is in legacy and lore.


Sweltering, stifling, possible even described as scorching by some, the summer heat has descended upon us. In July, a month dominated by the celebration of the country’s independence, the Society asked its members, instead of having a monthly meeting, to explore New Hampshire historic sites, venues, and attractions. With photos taken, accompanied by a descriptive narrative of the explorative sojourn, any who took advantage of this “challenge” would then comprise the presentation portion of the August meeting. So on Thursday, August 1st at 7 pm, at the Society’s museum (21 Holy Cross Road, Webster Place), the Society’s program will be the “show and tell” of these adventures, in the members’ own words and pictures. The event promises to be illuminating and is open to all. Light refreshments will be offered after the program and before the regular business meeting, to which all attendees are cordially invited.