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.

Plant Sale June 23

But first is the Society’s monthly meeting on Thursday, June 7th, at 7 pm, featuring a NH Humanities speaker, Pamela Weeks, talking about “New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell”. Please note that this program is a co-sponsored event to be held at the Franklin Public Library (upstairs) to accommodate a larger crowd and allowing sufficient space in which to display some of the quilts to be discussed. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own quilts accompanied by the unique tales they may represent. All are welcome, and as always, there is no charge. The library is ADA compliant, with an elevator to the second floor, accessed by the rear door off the parking lot behind the building. Light refreshments will be offered after the presentation and before the monthly business meeting of the Society, to which all are welcome as well, to learn about upcoming projects and events.

Third Annual Plant Sale, Saturday June 23rd from 10 am to 2 pm (coinciding with the museum’s open hours) at the Webster/Tay House, 21 Holy Cross Road at Webster Place. Prices are very reasonable and all proceeds go to support the Society’s programs and operating expenses. Offering a pot-pourri (pun intended) of desirable perennials, flowering bushes, and even some house plants. Besides donations of plants, we are looking for donations of no-longer-needed garden tools and equipment (i.e. hand tools, shovels, picks, rakes, pruners, etc.) to be sold on June 23rd. Please contact Annette at 934-8222 or bring them to the Society first thing on the 23rd of June.