Franklin Historical Society-- Franklin, New Hampshire

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

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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.

Is Spring finally here?

Despite the chill in the air, April’s program was a very well attended and successful presentation of old films (thank you Porter Young) and a slideshow of recently discovered images of 1890’s Franklin by Omar Towne (thank you Chris Lewis!).  It will be followed this month by a fascinating talk featuring renowned railroad historian Ken Cushing. On Thursday, May 3rd at 7 pm, Mr. Cushing will discuss the evolution and importance of the Northern Railroad to Franklin’s development and economic impact as industrial center. An efficient rail service was essential in the horse and buggy era, allowing ease of travel both north to Canada and south to Boston, and facilitating an exchange of goods in both directions. The presentation will be at the Society’s Webster/Tay House at 21 Holy Cross Road, Webster Place​.


A reminder: if you have not renewed your dues for 2018, please do so at the meeting or by mail to the Society at P.O. Box 43, Franklin, NH 03235. Thank you.