December 07 2018, Peabody Peabody Historical Society holds Holiday Open House December 6, 2018 Daniel Doucette, librarian of the Peabody Historical Society, provided tours of the Torrent Building at Brooksby Farm during the Historical Society’s annual Christmas Open House on Dec. 2. (Advocate Photos by Christopher Roberson) Water buckets on display in The Torrent Building. The buckets were the only way to fight a fire until 1730. Eleven models of fire alarm call boxes that were used from the 1920s to the 1950s. The Gamewell Fire Alarm from the 1920s was tied to the network of fire alarm call boxes and was used to provide firefighters with the location of a fire.