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.

Remembering the Past, Preparing for the Future

​​The holiday season begins in earnest at the end of this month, with families gathering around a Thanksgiving feast to meaningfully re-engage with all family members, immediate and distant, from near and far, while welcoming old friends as well. There is the inevitable fall/winter nip in the air, and raking leaves, gathering them in giant bundles and transporting them to the transfer station, has become the afternoon’s household chore. The Society wishes to extend to all its members and friends, the most cordial, warm, and heartfelt greetings that the season can offer. Our final 2017 meeting was held November 2nd at the Society’s building at Webster Place. The subject of the evening’s presentation was “Hands at Work” (the Industrial Revolution in NH), skillfully interpreted by Mary Morris, a representative of the NH Historical Society.
[This month’s photo, to emphasize the intensity of the industrial age, shows Franklin mill employees in their work milieu, circa 1890: an environment fraught with danger, when expansion and productivity outweighed a concern for workers’ safety, and massive machines filled every inch of available space.