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 Daniels 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.

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21 Holy Cross Rd


Franklin Historical Society
Franklin, New Hampshire


Protecting Historic Properties 

The September meeting's presentation by Scuba diver Hans Hug set an attendance record for the Society, by attracting more than 75 attendees who endured warm temperatures in the Franklin Library's upstairs meeting room to watch with great interest slides and sonar images of wrecks on the floor of Lake Winnipesaukee.  

The Franklin Historical Society's October program should be of great interest to those wishing to know how to best protect their historic properties. On Thursday, October 2, at 7 pm at the Franklin Historical Society's building at Webster Place (21 Holy Cross Rd.), a distinguished "Preservation Panel" headed by James Garvin, retired state architectural historian, and including Peter Michaud of the state Division of Historical Resources and Dick Lewis, Franklin City Planner, who will discuss historic districts and historic district ordinances, preservation easements, deed restrictions, state and national listings of historic places, and what structures would be eligible for such designation. Additionally the panelists will address such issues as the cost of a preservation easement, how much or little protection designation as an historic place or inclusion in an historic district can truly promise, and how effective or enforceable a deed restriction is (or is not). The event is free.

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Anyone wishing to join the board and become more active in their contribution 

to the Society's future should contact president Leigh Webb at 934-8222.
The job of preserving and learning from the past is a labor of love and well worth the effort. Please consider becoming a part of the Franklin Historical Society and its mission to move confidently into the future by truly understanding the past.

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