North Andover Historical Society

North Andover Historical Society The North Andover Historical Society seeks, saves and shares North Andover history and brings it to life with programs, exhibits and events.
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The North Andover Historical Society was founded in 1913 and is dedicated to preserving our local heritage and bringing it to life through children’s programs, guided tours, lectures, workshops, exhibits, craft demonstrations, architectural walking tours and publications. Our historic properties include Johnson Cottage (1789), the Parson Barnard House (1715) and the Hay Scales Building (1833). We also operate the S. Forbes Rockwell Library and Archive at the Society Headquarters which contains thousands of documents, books, photographs, and paper objects that tell the story of the town and it’s people. We offer memberships and other ways to donate to support us, so check out how you can contribute to the preservation of our community!

https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events/2019/8/7/adventures-in-time-drop-in-workshop-woven-pothold...
08/13/2020
Adventures in Time: Potholder Weaving — North Andover Historical Society

https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events/2019/8/7/adventures-in-time-drop-in-workshop-woven-potholders-maz5k-6yb9c

Join us and to enjoy a throwback playground craft--woven potholders! We will host two sessions restricted to 6 people total. All is by advance reservation to [email protected]. Session 1 10 am-11:30 am; session 2 from noon until 1:30. Material Fees: $5 per child per workshop All fiv

https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events/adventures-in-time-drop-in-workshop-wcr7x
08/13/2020
Adventures in Time: Introduction to Knitting for Kids — North Andover Historical Society

https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events/adventures-in-time-drop-in-workshop-wcr7x

Learn the basics of knitting, starting with our own fingers and applying these skills to the “Knitting Nancy” or spool knitter. Each participant will create their own spool knitter to bring home. We will host two sessions restricted to 6 people total. All is by advance reservation to education.n...

https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events/native-beadworkDeadline to register:  Sunday, August 16th,...
08/13/2020
Adventures in Time: Native Beadwork Workshop — North Andover Historical Society

https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events/native-beadwork

Deadline to register: Sunday, August 16th, 5 pm
Send to [email protected].

Join us for a session to make and wear Native inspired woven beaded bracelets and learn about the importance of beads within their culture. Drop-ins should allow at least 1 hour before the end to complete their project. Drop-In Sessions 10-1 Material Fees: $5 per child; second child $4.50 Sugg

FLAGS WANTED!Located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Academy Road, thousands of eyes pass the historical socie...
08/11/2020

FLAGS WANTED!

Located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Academy Road, thousands of eyes pass the historical society's signpost every day. We’re using this location to honor and recognize our armed services, events, and organizations throughout the year. We need your help!

We’re seeking donations of new or lightly used flags to display. Examples include:

• The Grand Union flag to fly on April 18, marking the start of the American Revolution;

• A United States Marine Corps flag to fly on November 10, marking its birthday;

• The Juneteenth flag to fly on June 19, recognizing the emancipation of enslaved peoples;

• Banners for Boston’s professional sports teams, displayed when they are in the playoffs

Local school banners can be flown on their respective graduation days, as well. We’ll update our social media channels on the day a flag flies, describing its significance. Please note that we are limited in size; flags can be no more than 36” on the long side to fit on the post.

This effort aims to promote community, while adding some color to the society’s property. If you have or would like to donate flags for this effort, please contact society director Brian Howard at 978-686-4035, or via e-mail at [email protected]. Thank you!

A newspaper clipping from the Lawrence Eagle Tribune 1936 Flood Special Edition and an extract a 1906 map of North Andov...
08/10/2020

A newspaper clipping from the Lawrence Eagle Tribune 1936 Flood Special Edition and an extract a 1906 map of North Andover showing Beverly Street.

These homes on Beverly Street, located down near the river, were later razed as part of the installation of Route 495 in the early 1960s.

A popular lockdown activity has been "GeoGuesser" where the player is 'virtually' dropped down into a Google Earth locat...
08/08/2020

A popular lockdown activity has been "GeoGuesser" where the player is 'virtually' dropped down into a Google Earth location (randomly) and then the game (or task) begins to guess the location, as close as possible, to the 'pin in the map'. Usually one can move around to see if some street signs or other clues are available, but occasionally the location is frozen. So this is our version of GeoGuesser - for us these three images are mysterious locations. While we can't move around for more information, at least some clues are in the pictures - if anyone recognizes the properties, please let us know!

08/08/2020

Lots of (masked, socially distant) activity at the society today! We're open until 2PM for tours of the Rogers Building and Johnson Cottage Complex. Visit our 1646 Bookstore, buy Whoopie Pies from the Topsfield Bakery's Whoo(pie) Wagon, and help support the Friends groups for the Stevens Library and the 1836 Meeting House, who are set up on our lawn. Hope to see you this afternoon!

Lots of (masked, socially distant) activity at the society today!  We're open until 2PM for tours of the Rogers Building...
08/08/2020

Lots of (masked, socially distant) activity at the society today! We're open until 2PM for tours of the Rogers Building and Johnson Cottage Complex. Visit our 1646 Bookstore, buy Whoopie Pies from the Topsfield Bakery's Whoo(pie) Wagon, and help support the Friends groups for the Stevens Library and the 1836 Meeting House, who are set up on our lawn. Hope to see you this afternoon!

Happy 💯th anniversary to our friends at the North Andover Garden Club!
08/06/2020

Happy 💯th anniversary to our friends at the North Andover Garden Club!

The summer edition of our print newsletter, The North Andover Ledger, is out and on it's way to subscribers. Our quarter...
08/03/2020

The summer edition of our print newsletter, The North Andover Ledger, is out and on it's way to subscribers. Our quarterly publication with historical content, photos, stories, and information about upcoming events, is one of our perks to our valued members. It is also a chance for us to expand in more detail what progress we are making and to thank those friends of North Andover, near and afar, who make us stronger and better and able to offer more to the local community. We are so grateful to our volunteers, donors and members (many who wear all three hats), who have been a huge support during these challenging times. If you are not a member already and are curious to know more, please contact us!

This "From Our Collections" item is a two fold question (1) any guesses to what it is, and if you know that (2) what is it made of?

It was donated to the Society in 1947 and measures approximately 12 inches long and is about 1/4 inch in diameter.

Thank you for visiting us today!
08/01/2020

Thank you for visiting us today!

If anyone is in the area and looking for a great history field trip, the North Andover Parson Barnard house is open today!! Home to Thomas Barnard, one of the two Andover ministers (both of whom were involved in the Andover witch hunt of 1692) this house was built in 1715 and is an incredible historic home!

Welcome!  🌹🌄🏡
08/01/2020

Welcome! 🌹🌄🏡

A shout-out to the two guys most directly "hands on" with the CSR renovation--they are literally rebuilding the facility...
07/31/2020

A shout-out to the two guys most directly "hands on" with the CSR renovation--they are literally rebuilding the facility! 🔨🧱

JAMES WORDEN is a historical society trustee and has taken on--as a volunteer--the role of General Contractor for this project. He has conceptualized the design, researched products and systems (insulation, solar panels, geothermal wells, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, doors & windows), gotten the quotes, overseen subcontractors, and expended more hours and 'sweat equity' than anyone associated with this project. He is BUSTING HIS TAIL to create a building that will be a community asset for years to come.

SHAWN TRUSSELL is a contractor with D'Angelo Engineering who has replaced every single window (all 44) in the building, installed new sills and trim, finished most of the dormers, and either led or assisted in numerous other carpentry/construction tasks over the last six months. His consistency and skills are an invaluable addition to this project.

We have a large team. But when it comes to the physical work, James and Shawn will be most to credit for making the CSR ready for the historical society to move in. Major props to them both. 👊👊👊

North Andover Historical Society's cover photo
07/31/2020

North Andover Historical Society's cover photo

Taken in July of 1897 on Stevens street at the homestead of Moses Tyler Stevens, grandfather of Samuel Dale Stevens Jr a...
07/27/2020

Taken in July of 1897 on Stevens street at the homestead of Moses Tyler Stevens, grandfather of Samuel Dale Stevens Jr and his sister Caroline (later Mrs. Horatio Rogers). Between them is their distant cousin John Alden Loring. Their great-grandparents were siblings.

Windows are in!  😀
07/23/2020

Windows are in! 😀

07/21/2020
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North Andover Historical Society is reopening its doors on July 27th!
Take a look at what will be available once the doors have opened.

Thanks for the shout out, @Salemwitchmusem!
07/21/2020

Thanks for the shout out, @Salemwitchmusem!

We are back out in the world researching sites for our online tour! This past week we met up with Carol Majahad of the North Andover Historical Society on a beautiful day to find out more about North Andover.

Some information gathered during this first sleuthing day has already been added to our Witch Trials Self-Guided Tour, and we will be be adding more soon!

Check out this new information here:
https://salemwitchmuseum.com/locations/welcome-to-north-andover/

Stephen Hall Parker was a “Trader” (1850 US Census) or “Merchant”(1860 US Census) with a shop next to Davis & Furber in ...
07/20/2020

Stephen Hall Parker was a “Trader” (1850 US Census) or “Merchant”(1860 US Census) with a shop next to Davis & Furber in 1853 when this advertisement ran for “Plaid de Laines” (wool with tartan pattern). The contemporary map shows the location of his premises, on modern day High Street. Water Street leads to present day “downtown”, the Church at the point (Methodist at the time) is today the home to St. Gregory’s. S.H. Parker had two sons, Charles and Henry and over the years he had wards (nieces) and boarders, including John Brown who apprenticed with him and later had his own shop on Water Street (the John Brown Block as posted in June). Even in 1853 people were looking for a good sale!

Car parked on the ice at "The Hatch" adjacent to Stevens Pond and Weir Hill. A cool thought during this summer scorcher....
07/13/2020

Car parked on the ice at "The Hatch" adjacent to Stevens Pond and Weir Hill. A cool thought during this summer scorcher. This was taken during the winter of 1938/39, a year of extreme weather. A hurricane came through in September (The Great New England Hurricane aka the Yankee Clipper), and later that winter the ice was reported as being 13-15 inches thick.

We have replaced the windows in the Caroline Stevens Rogers Building and we're selling the original window sash to suppo...
07/09/2020

We have replaced the windows in the Caroline Stevens Rogers Building and we're selling the original window sash to support the continued renovation. Both standard and 'cottage' style double hung units are available! Sash are described below, dimensions are accurate to 1/4".
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Standard Double Hung

8 over 8 (41” H x 35 ½” W) – 6 units

8 over 8 (52” H x 40 1/8” W) – 2 units

6 over 6 (52” H x 30 3/8” W) – 7 units
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Cottage Style Double Hung

8 over 12 (40 1/8” W) – 15 units

Top sash: 39 ½” H
Bottom sash: 27 1/8” H
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6 over 9 (31” W) – 1 unit

Top sash: 39 ¾” H (missing one pane)
Bottom sash: 27 ¼” H
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Cost is $20/sash. We'll also entertain offers for some or all units. Sash are good to very good condition, as is, pickup only. Thank you for helping us preserve local history!

North Andover Historical Society's cover photo
07/09/2020

North Andover Historical Society's cover photo

HUZZAH!  The puzzles are here!  😃  Visit northandoverhistorical.square.site or pick up in person M-F 10AM to 4PM
07/06/2020

HUZZAH! The puzzles are here! 😃 Visit northandoverhistorical.square.site or pick up in person M-F 10AM to 4PM

Isaac Blunt (1795 - 1859) placed this ad in the February 1853 edition of the Andover Advertiser. He was a "Laborer" acco...
07/06/2020

Isaac Blunt (1795 - 1859) placed this ad in the February 1853 edition of the Andover Advertiser. He was a "Laborer" according to the census records. He apparently did tasks other than the "Coach", as he died of a "Sudden Fall" at age 65 from a "Load of Hay". It's not clear which station he ran his service from, but likely the South Parish. His niece, Lois A. Blunt (named after his mother) was a North Parish resident, who lived in one of the oldest house in town on Salem Street, the Abiel Stevens house. She worked her whole life as a dress maker and shoe binder and was able to purchase the house from the Bank when her parents died.

Raising of the Grand Union flag on Prospect Hill, Jan. 1, 1776; artist Clyde O. DeLand
07/04/2020

Raising of the Grand Union flag on Prospect Hill, Jan. 1, 1776; artist Clyde O. DeLand

On this Independence Day 2020 let us embrace the unity our Founding Fathers sought to achieve, not in their lifetimes bu...
07/04/2020

On this Independence Day 2020 let us embrace the unity our Founding Fathers sought to achieve, not in their lifetimes but for subsequent generations. While the battles of the Revolution are long over, our struggle continues to bring about '...a more perfect union'.

At their best our national symbols are not the province of any one group or philosophy, but a reminder that what binds us together is stronger than what separates us. We at the North Andover Historical Society bid every citizen a happy 4th of July. 🇺🇸

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07/04/2020

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We have some fresh new programming for the 4th of July!
With cancelation of events, many local residents have come together to bring some virtual event alternatives.

In 1978 Edna Abbott donated “A collection of photos of houses and views of North Andover”. Her husband had died 6 years ...
07/01/2020

In 1978 Edna Abbott donated “A collection of photos of houses and views of North Andover”. Her husband had died 6 years earlier, he had apprenticed at Davis and Furber aged 16 as an “Office Boy”. Twenty years later in 1940 he was established as a Clerk. He worked his whole career at Davis and Furber as a Clerk in the Office. Edna was a graduate of the Merrimack School in 1926 and the 1930 US Census shows she was living at home and working as a Bookkeeper for a Building Contractor. She was married 4 years later and after that little trace can be seen of her in public records. However her obituary from 1997 shows an accomplished individual. She worked for a time in the Sutton Mill, but eventually was a Director of a local “Home for the Aged”. She was very active in her church and was a past President of the Women’s Union, Lawrence Garden Club and Massachusetts Women’s Club. She was a Girl Scout leader and volunteer in her community. She also liked to sing. And so finding the obituary for Edna reveals the mystery of who our donor, “Mrs. Abbott, Third Street” was. But among the photos there was one that could not be identified, and Edna had not written information on the reverse of any of them. They may even have arrived in the mail, the only clue to their origin being the return address. Anyone recognize this distinctive architecture which has a crenelated circular tower?

The ‘singular’ Miss Judith Wood, as noted in a local newspaper article for her 94th birthday, was buried in the Second B...
06/24/2020

The ‘singular’ Miss Judith Wood, as noted in a local newspaper article for her 94th birthday, was buried in the Second Burial Ground in May of 1854. It was said of her “Aside from the fact that she is the oldest person in town, there are eccentricities about this woman which render her an object of peculiar interest.” At the time she was noted for her astonishing memory, robust health (through a supply of roots and herbs which created ‘her stock of medicines’) and her spinning and kitting “…industry seldom witnessed.”

She was born in Boxford and lived a great portion of her life in North Andover (Andover, North Parish). She recalled a total eclipse of the sun in 1780. She also remembered a fire at the building which used to be where the red Hay Scales Exchange building is now in the Old Center in 1763 when she was a child. Her recollection was that the fire was started by coals in a foot stove which was put away in the closet before it had cooled sufficiently.

She was also remarkable for her independence. She never married, and bought a house in 1819 from Joseph Kittredge – it still stands today and the road is named for her – on Wood Lane. She also bought land from her neighbor James Stevens and she cultivated a beautiful garden from which one assumes she collected her ‘roots and herbs’. James Stevens’ grand-daughter Helen Stevens Coolidge would later leave his home and land to the Trustees of Reservations.

SUMMER UPDATE--We're looking forward to reopening to the public in July, but that doesn't mean we've been idle!  The Rog...
06/23/2020

SUMMER UPDATE--We're looking forward to reopening to the public in July, but that doesn't mean we've been idle! The Rogers Building renovation continues apace with Shawn Trussell of D'Angelo Engineering installing new siding on our dormers; it looks great!

Check out the Exchange Club's Field of Honor, now installed on the Common across from our facility. We were pleased to provide one of our buildings as a staging area for this worthwhile project.

In addition to our new '1646' car sticker, bookstore browsers will also find an updated and expanded "The Andover Witch Trials of 1692" in stock! We've also revised our online bookstore shipping rates, adding local delivery options. More to come; stay cool this summer, friends. 😎

NEW IN THE BOOKSTORE: Our 'Euro' style 1646 stickers have arrived!  Cost is $3.00 plus tax and sales help support the hi...
06/19/2020

NEW IN THE BOOKSTORE: Our 'Euro' style 1646 stickers have arrived! Cost is $3.00 plus tax and sales help support the historical society's operations during the pandemic. Stickers measure 5" x 3.5"

Check out these and the rest of our inventory at northandoverhistorical.square.site. Thank you, and have a great weekend!

One hundred years ago graduating from “Grammar School” was an achievement, as can be seen by this recent addition to our...
06/17/2020

One hundred years ago graduating from “Grammar School” was an achievement, as can be seen by this recent addition to our Collections, a gold and enamel lapel pin. Family responsibilities often called children away to work in the home, on the farm and even in the mill. A list of graduates was printed in the Town Annual Report. Proceeding to Johnson High School was not necessarily the next step in their lives. Some children went into trades, apprenticeships or continued their support at home until they married and started their own families. Those that wished to continue to High School had to pass exams in multiple subjects.

The Class of 1919 saw a particularly challenging school year. It was the year that the Superintendent of Schools phased out of a 9 grade grammar school structure to the 8 grades as we know today. In her report to the Town for that year she included on her wishlist for the coming years: school nurses, physical education, a dental clinic, public kindergartens and additional classes in domestic science, social science, and natural science as well as manual training in the grammar schools. It was also the academic year that had seen the pandemic flu season in the autumn. The school physician urged in his annual report that the children should be watched for signs of sickness, and at the first signs, should be kept home as a “means of preventing their spread”. He was pleased to note that the Spring of 1919 brought ‘much less illness among the children.”

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153 Academy Rd
North Andover, MA
01845

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Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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(978) 686-4035

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Hello. How about some old photos of the houses on mass ave near the old “glennies”? Thank u!
Many of the people that started Andover which became North Andover and Andover at the split are listed on the Founders Monument in Newbury. One is John Osgood who landed in Newbury and was the third of ten men to sign the document that created the Andover. Another family that was in Andover is the Ordways. There are others on the monument as well.
Good Afternoon. A quick question. John Osgood the founder of Andover then Andover/ North Andover was my 7th great grandfather and my Osgood line ran right up to my grandmother. I was wondering if you have any Osgood artifacts or information at the Historical Society?
the item shown in the latest publication is used for darning socks
Attended this informative and thoughtful forum on Thursday-thank you Andover Center for History and Culture and Essex Heritage!
Congratulations Scarlet Knights! History made again!
Veteran's Day 2018 in North Andover. Truly a day for remembering all who have sacrificed for this country.
We are less than two weeks away from 26th Trot for Special Tots 5K that takes place in Andover on Sunday, October 14, 2018. The run/walk benefits the Professional Center for Child Development that benefits children across the Merrimack Valley. http://www.theprofessionalcenter.org/trot-for-tots.html. The mission is to provide educational and therapeutic services for children of all abilities and their families, working with each child to develop to his or her full potential. We strive to eliminate barriers to growth and development for children with disabilities and families coping with health issues and challenge. Interested in running or walking? Register today: http://www.lightboxreg.com/trot-for-special-tots_2018…
Looking forward to another Fall Festival-stop by and say hello!
Does the Historical Society have any information on Dorothy Moody? She is listed on the WWI monument, one of three women NOT listed as Auxilary Service. Thank you!
Tattered Torn Bibles and Historic Books CAN be Repaired Preserving all your underlining, highlighting and notes New covers; Leather, Naugahyde, Bookcloth, original cover http://www. bookman-jim. biz If you would like a poster, just send your street address to: [email protected] BookMan-Jim. Biz 920.265.5966
Please check out my article about the separation of North Andover from Andover (w. new illustrations). Thank you. - Carl McCarthy