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


OPEN every Sunday!
Continuing to Labor Day weekend, the Society's building will be open Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm, with tours, drinks, treats, and Society merchandise for sale. 

Franklin Alumni Visit the Society
Over the weekend of August 7, 8, and 9, Annette Andreozzi, the Society's Curator, offered several exhibits to honor the High School All-Class Reunion. A special open house on Saturday the 8th allowed alumni to view the displays of wedding photos and past dresses worn by graduates on their "special day" (made possible by loans of these precious garments by Rita Norander, Marie Creasey, and Pat Cutter of the Andover Historical Society), a 1960's FHS sweater and jacket with lettermen patches and several yearbooks, all loaned by Kathy Fuller, plus a slideshow of photos assembled by president Leigh Webb spanning high school related images dating from 1895 to the mid 1970's, utilizing photos from the Society archives, Library scans, and negatives donated years ago by Frank Poblenz. Those alumni who stopped by were visibly sentimental about their high school days, thrilled at the activities of the weekend, and thankful for the work done by Annette and Leigh at the Society to make their visit so memorable. A couple of visitors even promised to make donations of material to make future displays richer and even more entertaining!
[This month's picture, in keeping with the theme of high school graduations, is the Franklin High School Class of 1935]
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The Society's next program occurs on
Thursday, September 3, at 7 pm, when Glenn Knoblock, noted local author and NH Humanities Council lecturer, will present his talk on "New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones". Please note that this lecture will be at the Franklin Public Library, 310 Central Street, in the upstairs meeting space. Access is via the rear door (off the parking lot behind the Franklin City Hall/Opera House). Use the elevator or stairs to the 2nd floor. The presentation is the product of the partnership between the Society and the Library, and is sponsored by the NH "Humanities To Go!" program. This event, as are all Society programs, is free and open to all. The New Hampshire Humanities Council is responsible for the subsidies which make these presentations possible.

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.

This month's photo is courtesy of Rob Sargent, Franklin Librarian, for allowing the Society to scan its wonderful array of historic photos and items. In keeping with July's holiday, it is a view of Central Street on July 4th, 1890.

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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