Peabody Historical Society

General photo of Gideon Foster House, Peabody Historical Society Headquarters
35 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960

The Peabody Historical Society was established by Elizabeth Cheever Osborne in 1896 in order to preserve the heritage of the City of Peabody. Headquartered at the General Gideon Foster House on Washington Street, the Society also manages the Elizabeth Cassidy Folk Art Museum & Peabody Art Association Gallery, Nathaniel Felton Sr. House, the Nathaniel Felton Jr. House, the Orchard House, the Apple Barn, and the Engine 3 Firehouse (the Peabody Historical Fire Museum.) Peabody Historical Society programs include an annual craft fair, a holiday open house, lectures, tours and other special events. Visitors to the General Gideon Foster House can view the Federal Period dining room of the Foster family, the Victorian parlor of the Merrill family (later occupants of the house), and rotating exhibits of costumes, textiles and military artifacts.


Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 3pm, 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, and by appointment.


There is no charge for tours of the Society's properties and use of the library and archives, though donations are greatly appreciated. Lectures and performances are free for members, and a minimal fee is charged for non-members. Community events are free to the public.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

The Peabody Historical Society welcomes groups of all ages. Special group tours are offered to members of other historical societies, museums and community organizations, as well as to school and university students. Please call 978-531-0805 for reservations.


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