Upcoming Events


Due to an abundance of caution, the Braintree Historical Society will be closed to visitors and volunteers this week and next week.  As a non-essential business, it is important for the Society to do its part in limiting opportunities for the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Society will evaluate the status of the pandemic and state and Federal guidelines at the end of this two-week period and remain closed or open accordingly.

The Braintree Historical Society thanks you for your support and understanding.

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

Please stop by during our open hours

Tuesday: 9:30AM - 12:30PM

Wednesday: 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 Tuesday & Wednesday 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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