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

Franklin Historical Society
Franklin, New Hampshire


GROWING Collections!
As the monthly meetings are now on hiatus until the spring, I have had a little more time to sort donations given a while back, and discovered some rather amazing items. From the considerable material given to the Society in 2011 by Holly Burbank, functioning then as Franklin city clerk, I found a pile of folded documents, tied with a string, which upon examination revealed the lists of eligible voters for the very first Franklin town meeting on March 10, 1829, through to 1874, with only a very few years missing. What a find! Also uncovered in a box simply designated “Historical Society”, was a ledger which contained the certificate of incorporation, signed by the NH Secretary of State, for the first Franklin Historical Society, dated March 26, 1930! Flipping pages in the ledger brought to light minutes of the first meetings, and by-laws signed by such prominent Franklin luminaries as Richard Sulloway, Alice M. Shepard, and Bessie Rowell.

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Thanks to Sara Tracy for becoming a lifetime member of the Society, and a suggestion to others, in keeping with Valentine’s Day: how about considering a 2016 membership to the Society as a gift to those you love and who love Franklin? It is only $10 for the year, and truly shows how much you care, about the recipient, and about the city in which you live.
Stay warm—by keeping the fires of preservation burning brightly!

Become a member! Yearly dues are only $10 per person, or $125 for a lifetime membership. Alreaday a member? Encourage someone you know to also join in the ongoing quest to preserve and perpetuate the history of our beloved city.

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

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