Beverly Historical Society

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About Us

Founded in 1891, the Beverly Historical Society serves as a museum of Beverly history;  a resource center for research on a multitude of subjects; the repository of one of the most important history archives in the region, and as a regional visitor center.

The 1781 John Cabot House tells the story of the merchant and privateer owner John Cabot as well as the broader Beverly story. Our 17th century properties, the Balch House and Hale Farm, illustrate the lives of the earliest European settlers, the issues of the colonial period, and the evolution of Beverly from farm village to vacation destination, to thriving city.

Decorative objects brought back from Asia by Beverly merchants; the papers of William Bartlett, George Washington’s naval agent; paintings by artists such as Gilbert Stuart, James Frothingham, Frank Benson, Luke Prince, Frederick Coffay Yohn and more than 300,000 images in various formats, such as prints, negatives, slides, glass negatives, daguerreotypes, film, and videotape of people, places and events related to Beverly and the region are among the treasures held by the Beverly Historical Society.

Our efforts are directed toward making our collections more accessible to everyone, being part of a thriving cultural community, and creating a sustainable future for the organization.