Peabody is a city in Essex county, Massachusetts. Peabody is located in the North Shore region of Massachusetts and it is known for its rich industrial history. Originally known as the Northfields, Salem Farms, and Brooksby, the area was settled in 1626 by a small group of  English colonists from Cape Ann led by Roger Conant.  The name was changed to Peabody on April 30, 1868, in honor of  George Peabody, noted philanthropist born in present-day Peabody, widely regarded as the "father of modern philanthropy". 


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