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

New Exhibit at our 31 Tenney Road Building

The General Sylvanus Thayer Exhibit is now available for viewing at the Barn and Resource Center at 31 Tenney Road. The next Saturday opening date is July 27,2024 from Noon to 3:00 PM. The exhibit displays items and information from the exceptional life of Sylvanus Thayer (often known as "The Father of West Point"). The exhibit will be open every Thursday from 9:30 AM until noontime. The exhibit will also be open at least one Saturday per month. Please check this website for updates regarding the specific Saturdays when the exhibit will be open.

The Society's book signing event on June 22 was enjoyed by all who attended. We thank author Tracy Sierra for helping the Society with much needed fundraising. For anyone who was not able to attend on the 22nd, we have several signed copies of Tracy's highly praised novel NIGHT WATCHING still available for purchase (see picture of BHS president Steve Leonard with Tracy Sierra below). Please contact or call the Society at 781-848-1640 if you would like to buy a signed book. Great book to read for yourself or give as a gift!

Annual Meeting

The Braintree Historical Society Annual Meeting was held on May 16,2024 at Braintree Town Hall at 6:30 PM with 3 new directors elected and 1 director reappointed. Mayor Joyce attended and addressed the membership. John Donovan gave a talk on Braintree's paths and roads 1600 to present which was extremely well received by over 50 people in attendance. Below is from John's presentation:5 Corners in the 1950s:

Please click on the link below to watch John Donovan's entire presentation on YouTube:

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:

 We are in critical need of funds to help with repairs to our elevators, alarm systems and heat pump for the Resource Center. 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


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

Check Our Facebook for any Updates to Open Hours or Closings

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 one Saturday each month during the summer of 2024 from noon to 3:00 PM

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