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. 

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21 Holy Cross Rd

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.

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May was a rather busy month. With the help of several volunteers (Annette Andreozzi, Annette Cain, Yvonne Hobbs, Sandra Burney, and Rosemary Mellon) Community Day was a success, with perfect weather, netting $49 in sales and a new member! 
On Thursday, June 1st at 7 pm, President Leigh Webb will present a program about Daniel Webster’s life in Franklin, as part of the regular monthly meeting of the Society at Webster Place. Anchored by the slideshow used for Franklin’s school children, the program will expand to include some of Webster’s most famous speeches, with a bit of history related to the building in which the Society meets. There is no admission fee, with light refreshments served after the presentation and before the regular business meeting, to which all are welcome to attend. If when you arrive no space is available in the parking lots, please park completely off the pavement of Holy Cross Road to allow free access to emergency vehicles. Your cooperation is appreciated.
There is no meeting in July because of its proximity to the Independence Day holiday and family commitments, but all members are encouraged to visit historic sites in NH during the month, to expand their appreciation of the history that surrounds us.

Our Society Cookbook, $12, available online at, or from the Society. 

MEMBER PRICE: $10, from the Society.

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.