31 Tenney Road, Braintree MA  02184.
We are open with research support Thursday mornings from 9:30-Noon. 

The Braintree Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held on May8 or 16, 2024 at a place to be determined at 6:30 PM-all members are invited to attend. At 7:00 on that evening there will be a social time and at 7:30 there will be a talk by John Donovan on "Braintree's paths and Roadways: 1600 to Present" that is open to all. John will be using Society maps that will show where and why Braintree's roads were built. Major roadways were once paths of Native Americans. Below is 5 Corners in the 1950s:

The Society had a meeting at the Thayer Public Library on March 20, 2024 featuring a talk on the relationship between Abigail and John Adams by our Historian, John Dennehy. The talk was extremely well received by the audience of over 50 people. Here are 2 pictures:

Please click here to download our most recent Newsletter:March 2024 Newsletter.pdf

On December 16, 2023 the Society had a 250th anniversary event for the Boston Tea Party at the Barn and Resource Center. There was a talk by president Steve Leonard on how Braintree-born John Hancock was connected to the Tea Party. Photos are posted below:

Heritage Day October 7, 2023 was a great event despite the rain! Scroll further down the page to see the slide show.

Below are some of the reenactors at Heritage Day 2023:

As we start the new year in 2024, we are in critical need of funds to help with repairs to our elevators, alarm systems and heat pump for the Resource Center. We will apply to the Mass. Cultural Council for funding but need to raise matching funds. Donations can be made by check to the society at 31 Tenney Road, Braintree MA 02184.

We are also looking for corporate sponsors to help us reach our Annual Appeal goal. Remember, we are an all-volunteer organization and 100% of dues and donations are used for operating and capital expenses.

Thayer House tours will be available again starting in April 20,2024 from noon to 3:00PM


Heritage Day 2023 musket firing (above)

The Gilbert L. Bean Barn and Mary Bean Cunningham Library and Resource Center are Open!

Please stop by during our open hours

Thursday: 9:30AM - Noon

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Current Exhibition is under development

Sylvanus Thayer House Video Tours

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More photos of Heritage Day 2023 are scrolling below!

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Braintree High School Social Studies Department Partnership

Braintree Public Schools Programs

CATS Academy Partnership

Thayer Academy Intern Program

BCYC Partnership

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Programs

Read more about our involvement in education programs HERE

Over the last few months, BHS launched a new Volunteer Initiative. In our two very successful Volunteer Orientation sessions, a full house of Volunteers brought new energy, ideas, and enthusiasm about the incredible history and legacy of the Braintree Historical Society. Our goal for this Initiative is to increase our volunteers to 100 over the course of the coming year. Won't you join us?


Gilbert L Bean Museum & Mary Bean Cunningham Historical Resource Center

Open Thursday 9:30 AM - Noon

Other Days & Times By Appointment

Tours of The Thayer Birthplace

Tours of the Thayer House are available on April 20, 2024, from noon to 3:00 PM

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