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.

Now Open Every Sunday 10-2

The Society is open every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend from 10-2, so if working up a thirst on the Northern Rail Trail, stop by any Sunday for a cold beverage, ice cream, or snack, and take advantage of all that the Society has to offer.

June has almost completely gone, and with it a highly successful 2nd annual plant sale and a well attended monthly meeting.  The Society president would like to publicly thank all those who volunteered to sell plants and aid buyers at the event; these volunteers and others also donated plants to significantly expand the varieties offered. This magnificent outpouring of assistance and generosity paid multiple dividends, attracting people not just to purchase new additions to their gardens, but also to tour the museum, purchase snacks, and become members themselves!


​The next meeting of the Society is at 7 pm on Thursday, July 6th, and will offer an intriguing perspective on the duties and learned skills of a Civil War soldier. The presentation is entitled “School of the Soldier Manual of Arms, Loading-Firing ‘Procedures’ and Kit and Accouterments of a Union Infantrymen” by Steve Morin, member of the 5th NH Regiment of Civil War Re-enactors. The program is offered to all, with light refreshments, free of charge, at the Society’s museum located at 21 Holy Cross Road at Webster Place.​