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, 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
For those wishing to communicate or send dues, donations, or packages via the US Postal service, please use the Society’s mailing address of PO Box 43, Franklin, NH 03235. The Society DOES NOT accept mail deliveries at the Holy Cross Road address, the use of which could cause the mail to be returned or delayed.
Our Society Cookbook, $12, available online at Lulu.com, or from the Society.
MEMBER PRICE: $10, from the Society.
During open hours on Saturdays, the Society has received a few visitors from off the rail trail, expressing an interest in the area’s history and making donations to the Society’s coffers. Despite the lack of numbers in visitors (averaging only a couple per weekend), there is always work to be done in cataloging, organizing, creating new displays, and of course general cleaning. Not to mention just keeping an eye on the building, as the rest of the campus remains closed and unoccupied. The lawns are being tended to regularly, and the caretakers make their rounds, so the property is being maintained and monitored.
Glenn Morrill will be the speaker at the Thursday, August 4th meeting, at the normal time of 7 pm, on the subject of the history of the Congregational Church and its upcoming bicentennial celebration on the 27th and 28th. A slide show of images from the Society’s collection of owned and scanned photos will also be part of the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided after the talk, followed by the usual business meeting of members and the board. All are welcome to attend, and as is always the rule, there is no charge.
Franklin Historical Society-- Franklin, New Hampshire