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

Available NOW! Our Society cookbook project is done!

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

MEMBER PRICE: $10, from the Society.

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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.

Open every Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, now through Labor Day. Stop by out of curiosity or for refreshment.

September. Labor Day, the traditional end to summer. Already?! What happened to those lazy, hot, humid summer days? For the merchandisers, September means “Back to School” sales, for the children, stocking up on supplies for another year of learning,  and for the Society, a slideshow presentation from not-so-long-ago years of of the 1960’s and specifically 1978. On Thursday, September 6th at 7 pm, the Society will show images from the Sesquicentennial Celebration and other dates from the Society’s collection of local newspaper negatives and photos (The Journal-Transcript, The Trumpeter, and The Telegram, now all defunct) donated by the Franklin Library and other sources (see Chris Lewis’ donations below). The program will be held in the Society’s home at Webster Place (21 Holy Cross Rd. Admission is always free, as is the stimulating discussions of memories shared that these events tend to elicit. All are welcome, and light refreshments will follow the presentation.