Upcoming Events

Celebrating the 100thAnniversary of the

19th Amendment

Visit the Braintree Historical Society to learn more about the fight for women's suffrage in America and specifically in Braintree.

Learn about contributions to the movement by famous Suffragettes such as Ida B. Wells, Jane Addams, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The Braintree Historical Society is proud to host 

The Braintree Beer Garden

Located on the Thayer House Grounds

Every Saturday 12PM -5PM

September 5th - October 31st

1. Masks must be worn AT ALL TIMES UNLESS SEATED

2. Food must be ordered by everyone in your party in order to receive your first drink

3. Mask must be worn when heading to the bathroom.

4. You will have a waiter/waitress to place all of your food and drink orders - please stay at your table!

5. Dogs are allowed - but they must remain with you and leashed at all times

6. No more than 6 people may be in your party

7. No reservations will be taken

8. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Our waitstaff will be working hard to provide you with excellent service. This year is much different from the past two years and will certainly prove to be a learning experience for the entire team. PLEASE exercise patience, TIP YOUR WAITSTAFF, and enjoy your time with us. If you have any questions, you can always grab one of us.




The Braintree Historical Society Barn (The Gilbert L Bean Museum, Braintree-Centered Historical Library & Genealogical Resource Center) Has Reopened Effective Saturday, July 11, 2020.

Hours Are Currently

Saturday – Noon To 4 PM

Thursday - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Eight (8) Visitors Maximum Are Allowed At Any Time In Addition To Members Of The Society’s All-Volunteer Staff.


  • Face Masks Are Required In The Building For Your Safety, The Safety Of Others Visitors And The Safety Of Our All-Volunteer Staff
  • Use of Hand Sanitizer Is Required When Entering The Building.
  • All Visitors Are Required To Sign In With Your First And Last Name And A Phone Number Where You Can Be Reached If Necessary For Contact Tracing.
  • Social Distancing Is Required In The Building

You will also see the following sign on the entrances:  


Please read this carefully.

We’re doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are restricting access for anyone who has been knowingly exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the last 14 days.

By entering the Barn, you are affirming and attesting that:

  • 1.     You have not in the last 14 days had any close contact with anyone who is either confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19, including anyone who was experiencing or displaying any of the known symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below in item 3);
  • 2.     You have not in the last month traveled to a restricted area that is under a US State Department Level 2, 3 or 4 Advisory.
  • 3.     You do not currently experience or display, and you have not in the last 14 days experienced or displayed any of the following symptoms
  • a.     Elevated temperature or fever of 100.4 or higher
  • b.     Cough
  • c.      Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • d.     Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • e.     Sore throat
  • f.      Unusual fatigue
  • g.     Persistent headaches

If you answered YES to any of the above statements, you may NOT enter this building.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Volunteers & Board of Directors of the Braintree Historical Society.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at:

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 - 12:30PM

Saturday: 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Check Our Facebook for any Updates to Open Hours or Closings

Current Exhibition is Light Up the Season featuring Lighting through the years plus handmade doll houses and doll furniture. 

New and Noteworthy

Sylvanus Thayer House Video Tours

More Here

The Society’s Website and Social Media Initiative Moves Ahead

Over the past two months, the Society has moved forward in leaps and bounds with the organization’s website and new ways of communicating with the public.

Volunteers, Kari Mofford & Yvonne Dhimitri, have joined Aziz Karsan as Society website administrators significantly lightening the responsibility of our Webmaster.

More Information HERE

At Long Last … The Gallivan House Historic Preservation Restriction Agreement Is Complete

As we indicated in the Society’s June Newsletter, the Gallivan House, the brick NeoGeorgian home directly across the street from the Town Green, was purchased by Braintree Historical Society in 2005 to join the General Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace, the Asa French House and the Barn and Resource Center at 31 Tenney Road, as one historic campus. The home has remained unused for a majority of time since its purchase. 

More Information HERE.

Photos of our 2019 Farm to Table Dinner and Heritage Day Celebrations Below!

What's New at the Library and Resource Center?

Click here to find out!

What is the Blue Tarp Doing on the Roof?

Find out HERE!


A New Roof for the Thayer Birthplace!

Click HERE to find out more.


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 -12:30 PM; Saturday Noon to 4 PM

Other Days & Times By Appointment

Tours of The Thayer Birthplace

Available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 AM - 2 PM 

Saturdays from 12 PM - 4 PM


Appointments should be made at least two days in advance by emailing BHS at to confirm availability.

Group Tours are encouraged.

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