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Summer is wedding time at Peabody’s Smith Barn

Wedding coordinator Tammy Messina makes her way through Smith Barn. (Spenser Hasak)

PEABODY — With COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions loosening, the Peabody Historical Society & Museum’s Felton Street wedding venues are welcoming back brides, grooms and wedding parties.

“We just reopened and we’re excited to be back in business,” said the Society’s Event Manager Tammy Messina. “It’s so good to see people dancing.”

After a tough 2020 that saw weddings canceled, the Society began to book weddings in May; Messina said 2021 booking dates are still available, and that she is starting to book weddings for 2022.

Smith Barn, a meticulously-restored historical property, features charming country ambience and modern amenities for weddings: Guests can dine and dance in the spacious main room, which comfortably accommodates groups of up to 240 people. 

The property, at 38 Felton St., is situated on a picturesque hilltop surrounded by 250 acres of orchards and conservation land. 

Located at the Felton-Smith Historic Site, Smith Barn is the perfect setting for your special day. Rich in beauty and significance, the site represents more than three centuries of the region’s history and is home to several historic landmarks.

Ample parking is available, and the first floor of the barn is wheelchair accessible. Smith Barn is available for rent from mid-April through November. The Felton-Smith Historic Site is located just two miles from Interstate 95 and Routes 1, 128 and 114.

The Peabody Historical Society’s Woodland Gardens, located behind the historic Nathaniel Felton Jr. House (directly across the street from the Smith Barn), is an idyllic setting for your wedding ceremony. The tranquil beauty of the Woodland Gardens is evident year-round, from the perennial blooms in the spring and summer to the rich hues of the foliage in the fall.

For more information, visit Messina can be reached at 978-204-6345. 

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