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. 

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

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.

Regular "Open" Hours Begin in May


The Society’s museum will be open 10am to 2pm every Sunday beginning May 8, through Labor Day weekend at the Society’s building at Webster Place. Directions to the Society, at 21 Holy Cross Road, can be found further below on this page.

The regular program in May will highlight, in the form of a slide show, recent acquisitions by the Society, scanned photos from outside sources, and newly discovered gems (sometimes “hiding in plain sight” already in our collections!). It is always fascinating poring over old newspapers or delving deeper into stored archives while uncovering tidbits and items previously inaccurately classified, misunderstood, or underappreciated. The program will be presented at 7 pm, Thursday May 5th in the Society’s building at Webster Place. ​

Special reminder: on Saturday, May 14th, Franklin will be celebrating Community Day, with a parade at 10 am and displays, vendors, exhibits, food and entertainment in Odell Park until 2 pm. The Society will have a table manned by volunteers to answer questions, offer memberships, and sell merchandise such as books, T-shirts, sesquicentennial commemorative plates, postcards, magnets, and pin-back buttons. Become a member for only $10 a year that day and get a free historical keepsake!

To all current members, remember to pay your annual dues this month to enjoy, without interruption, all the benefits of helping to protect and preserve the history of the city we love. Mail your check to the Society, P.O. Box 43, Franklin 03235 .
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