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!

Society's Online Bookstore is Live! http://p0.vresp.com/HoERoI #vr4smallbiz
04/15/2020
Society's Online Bookstore is Live!

Society's Online Bookstore is Live! http://p0.vresp.com/HoERoI #vr4smallbiz

We hope this note finds you safe and healthy. While our headquarters are currently closed we have been busy behind the scenes, making sure that our mission to preserve and promote local history continues through the COVID-19 crisis. The historical society's new online bookstore carries a wide assort...

This image is from a matchbook showing a restaurant still in North Andover, but under new management (several times) sin...
04/15/2020

This image is from a matchbook showing a restaurant still in North Andover, but under new management (several times) since it was the ‘Schoolhouse’. Any guesses as to its location? And if you know, how many other restaurants can you remember being here? I have a list of five – are there more?

HISTORY TODAY: YOUTH VIEWS IN OUR TIME OF CRISIS========================="My concerns lie in the longevity of this pande...
04/13/2020
Covid-19 — North Andover Historical Society

HISTORY TODAY: YOUTH VIEWS IN OUR TIME OF CRISIS

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"My concerns lie in the longevity of this pandemic. Will it last throughout the summer? Will I be able to go hiking in my beloved New Hampshire White Mountains? I know not, yet what I do know is this is far from over." (student, age 14)
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"We will all remember this time of isolation, and live by it as an example of what can happen, and that we should value our time together more." (student, age 14)
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These quotes are excerpts from two of almost 40 responses we've received to our COVID-19 community survey. The historical society encourages everyone to help us build an archive of observations and memories in these historic times; you can find the survey here:

https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/covid19

North Andover—and the world—have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in ways that few imagined possible at the beginning of the year.  Few events are recognized as truly historic at the time they occur.  These are such times. It is rare when current events can be so clearly recognized as some...

Long before we sought the convenience of Prime or Pea Pod trucks depositing things on our doorsteps we were interested i...
04/08/2020

Long before we sought the convenience of Prime or Pea Pod trucks depositing things on our doorsteps we were interested in shopping conveniently, which meant keeping it local. The 'corner shop' was vital for communities, especially for those that didn't have a car or easy access to 'downtown'. This little home at the junction of two streets near the North Andover High School, was owned by a couple, Frank and Rose Pond, who immigrated from England at the turn of the 20th century. They lived at first on Harkaway Road, and worked in the Stevens Mill. By 1920 they had saved up enough to purchase a larger home of their own around the corner. Frank continued as a 'Duster' in the mill, while Rose (according to the 1920 Federal Census) was the proprietor of a 'variety store'. Later it was referred to as a grocery store, locals called it the 'Pond Store'. The portrait shows Frank and Rose with their three daughters, Lilly, Flossie and Fannie.

SHARE YOUR STORYIt is rare when current events can be so clearly recognized as something that will transcend time and im...
04/06/2020
Covid-19

SHARE YOUR STORY

It is rare when current events can be so clearly recognized as something that will transcend time and immediately enter into the historical record. But here we are.

Museums, historical societies, and libraries across the nation are racing to document the COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of their constituents. We encourage you to complete the attached survey and help us record the community's reaction to this worldwide crisis:

https://form.jotform.com/NAHS153/north-andover-historical-society-co

You can complete the survey more than once as the crisis develops. Selected quotes and images may be shared on the society's social media platforms. Your information will be kept anonymous if you so choose.

Thank you in advance for helping the society document these remarkable times.

Please click the link to complete this form.

North Andover Historical Society's cover photo
04/03/2020

North Andover Historical Society's cover photo

Harriet Russell was one of the speakers at the dedication of the Samuel Dale Stevens Memorial Building in June of 1932. ...
04/03/2020

Harriet Russell was one of the speakers at the dedication of the Samuel Dale Stevens Memorial Building in June of 1932. She reiterated his first "issued statement" as the Society's first President in 1913 in which he said "It is the history and traditions of North Andover which we are trying to preserve, not alone ancient, but everything that has to do with events and people right up to the present time".

It has been our mission and continues to be so. As we navigate this difficult current situation, it is nice to imagine a time again, one day, when we will gather as we have in the past.

North Andover Historical Society
04/03/2020

North Andover Historical Society

115 years ago in 1905 Blanche sent Dora her "Greetings". We know this, because of the postmark on the back. But if this ...
04/01/2020

115 years ago in 1905 Blanche sent Dora her "Greetings". We know this, because of the postmark on the back. But if this postcard had not been sent thru the US Mail, we can date it from a few clues. The first is that it does not have a 'divided back' or printed line on the back of the card. Previous to 1907, the back was exclusively for the address of the recipient, any message, like Blanche's Greetings, was added to the front of the card. The back of the card says "Post Card" at the top, which was not a practice until 1901. Previously such correspondence was called a 'private mailing card'. So just these two clues would date the card to between 1901-1907, even without the postmark. A final way to perhaps get an idea of the date of the card would be to find a Blanche living at 35 Third Street in North Andover using records, such as old town directories or phone books. Never recycle any "old" phone book! Please contact us first, see if it's a year we have a gap, even up to the 2000s. Early directories often list the homeowner, spouse and often occupation as well, or whether the home is rented, owned or a summer residence. They can be a wealth of information.

03/30/2020

A MESSAGE FROM EXEC. DIRECTOR BRIAN HOWARD--NAHS extends closure to public through April 30

New CSR building windows are looking nice; they are the first of 44 that are going in.  Thanks to Shawn at D'Angelo Engi...
03/27/2020

New CSR building windows are looking nice; they are the first of 44 that are going in. Thanks to Shawn at D'Angelo Engineering for his fine work! 👊 🧱💒

View of Stevens Mill from Wier Hill, circa early 20th century. Present day site of Millpond Townhomes. Ice houses can be...
03/25/2020

View of Stevens Mill from Wier Hill, circa early 20th century. Present day site of Millpond Townhomes. Ice houses can be seen on the bottom left hand side, and Johnson High School in the distance - where the present day North Andover School Department building is on Main Street across from the Kittredge School.

N.A. MYSTERY PIC--So, where in town would you find this?  First correct answer wins a complementary Single level members...
03/24/2020

N.A. MYSTERY PIC--So, where in town would you find this? First correct answer wins a complementary Single level membership for him/herself or to give to a friend. Release the hounds! 🐶

N.A. FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCEPTING PPE DONATIONSLawrence General Hospital is seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipm...
03/24/2020

N.A. FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCEPTING PPE DONATIONS

Lawrence General Hospital is seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipment for its medical staff. Items they need are described in the attached document. The North Andover Fire Department at 795 Chickering Road is the local dropoff point.

The Historical Society is pleased to support the efforts of our local medical community and first responders. Stay healthy.
😷🚑✊

Friends, some of you may not know that rent from the historic 1829 Brick Store--located across from us in the Old Center...
03/21/2020

Friends, some of you may not know that rent from the historic 1829 Brick Store--located across from us in the Old Center-- helps support the Historical Society. As of June 1, an office space is available for a commercial tenant. Details have been posted on our website:
https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/office-for-lease-at-brick-store

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support in these challenging times. Hope to see you soon! 🙂

WILSON'S CORNER--The intersection of Andover and Turnpike Streets has changed a bit since this picture was taken.  Note ...
03/19/2020

WILSON'S CORNER--The intersection of Andover and Turnpike Streets has changed a bit since this picture was taken. Note the trolley heading down Elm Street; the farm on the left is now Merrimack College and we know Turnpike Street today as MA-114.

Today's photo reminds us that we have arrived at a crossroads in our community--taking the right action now will dictate how well we get through this unprecedented crisis. History gives us lessons on how to deal with pandemics, and as a nation we must listen.

We're working on developing online content so we can continue bringing you the stories, people, places and events that make up our shared heritage. Stay tuned and stay positive--we'll get through this!

P.S.--Think of your fellow citizens. Don't hoard toilet paper. 🧻🧻🧻☺️

03/14/2020

In response to the growing COVID 19 pandemic, the North Andover Historical Society will be closed to the public through Sunday, March 29. Any meetings planned for this time will either be postponed or held digitally.

The health and safety of our constituents during this unprecedented crisis is our top priority. Volunteers are asked to remain home for the time being. Education programs after 3/30 will stay scheduled and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Please contact NAHS director Brian Howard at 978-686-4035 or [email protected] with any questions. Thank you, and stay safe.

PROGRESS!  Our capital improvements aren't limited to the Caroline Stevens Rogers building.  Here's another fine job by ...
03/12/2020

PROGRESS! Our capital improvements aren't limited to the Caroline Stevens Rogers building. Here's another fine job by Adrian Roper at Old English Brickwork--the society's front steps look (and function) much better. 🏠

We're also very excited to see our new computer network coming together! The Andover Electric crew has been hard at work today running new cables through the Johnson Cottage complex. While our collections date back centuries, our technology should not! 📲💻🖥

1971 ad for Bob White's, just off the relatively new highway of 495
03/11/2020

1971 ad for Bob White's, just off the relatively new highway of 495

Annie Sargent (1862 - 1938) graduated from Johnson High School and continued to work in the North Andover School system ...
03/04/2020

Annie Sargent (1862 - 1938) graduated from Johnson High School and continued to work in the North Andover School system for over 50 years, as a teacher, principal and on school committee. She was a charter member of the North Andover Historical Society, serving on the Board, committees and as a Secretary.

PUBLIC INPUT FORUM TONIGHT AT 6:00!  Tonight is your opportunity to share your ideas about the Society, its activities, ...
03/04/2020

PUBLIC INPUT FORUM TONIGHT AT 6:00!

Tonight is your opportunity to share your ideas about the Society, its activities, programs, and future development! With the Caroline Stevens Rogers building project underway, we want your input. Please join us in the Historical Society's main hall (in the Johnson Cottage complex) at 6PM; check our event posting for details.

Taking advantage of our 60+ degree day to repoint the CSR patio (thanks to Adrian at Old English Brickwork!) and open ou...
03/03/2020

Taking advantage of our 60+ degree day to repoint the CSR patio (thanks to Adrian at Old English Brickwork!) and open our front door.

We look forward to seeing many of you at our public forum tomorrow night at 6PM. Come with your thoughts and ideas as to what you want the Society to be; we'll meet in the main hall!

Yesterday Amesbury Carriage Museum director John Mayer dropped by the Society for a chat.  Our challenges are similar--e...
02/29/2020

Yesterday Amesbury Carriage Museum director John Mayer dropped by the Society for a chat. Our challenges are similar--exhibit plans, capital campaigns, programming, etc... Our organizations are ready to work together to bring Essex County two great new facilities!

😀 - HEAR YEE HEAR YEE--On Tuesday, March 3, VOTE!  2020 is the centennial of the 19th Amendment; make your voice heard i...
02/28/2020

😀 - HEAR YEE HEAR YEE--On Tuesday, March 3, VOTE! 2020 is the centennial of the 19th Amendment; make your voice heard in next week's primaries and honor the legacy of the Massachusetts women who fought for voting equality.

Polling information for North Andover is available on the town's website:

https://www.northandoverma.gov/voter-town-meeting-and-election-information

See you at the polls! 🇺🇸

Our friends at the North Andover Improvement Society are working with Greenbelt on:An Evening of North Andover Farm Stor...
02/27/2020
North Andover Farm Stories

Our friends at the North Andover Improvement Society are working with Greenbelt on:

An Evening of North Andover Farm Stories

Thursday, March 26, 2020

There will be five speakers:

1. Barker’s Farm - George Barker

2. Smolak Farms - Michael Smolak

3. Kittredge Farm - Nan Kittredge Stockdale

4. Edgewood Farm – Susan Walsh

5. The Stevens-Coolidge Place - Ben Osgood

The event starts at 6:30 at the North Parish Church.

Tickets are limited, therefore you may want to register early! Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-andover-farm-stories-tickets-90840186443

(The pre-event reception is sold out.)

Join us for an evening of storytelling as five local farm families share their history and anecdotes about farm life in North Andover.

A bandstand which used to be positioned outside the Brick Store in the Old Center. I wonder if an early spring is on the...
02/26/2020

A bandstand which used to be positioned outside the Brick Store in the Old Center. I wonder if an early spring is on the way?

CSR UPDATE: The first window is in!  This is the first of over 40 Harvey brand windows that will be installed at the CSR...
02/24/2020

CSR UPDATE: The first window is in! This is the first of over 40 Harvey brand windows that will be installed at the CSR, thanks to the generosity of Jimmy D'Angelo and his crew.

Our objective is to create a facility that welcomes the community and showcases North Andover's rich heritage to the world. Thanks to supporters like Jimmy and others who share our vision, we are moving closer to making it happen!

Sincere thanks to NAHS member Fred Glore and Mayflower Moving for picking up and delivering three donated office desks f...
02/21/2020

Sincere thanks to NAHS member Fred Glore and Mayflower Moving for picking up and delivering three donated office desks from Patriot Energy of Burlington! Your support is much appreciated--and they will certainly be put to good use in our new facility. 👊

Fun workshop yesterday--if you missed it, you have another chance to make your own character from history on April 22nd ...
02/20/2020

Fun workshop yesterday--if you missed it, you have another chance to make your own character from history on April 22nd between 1-3 pm. Watch for other programs that week as they pop-up...

The Berry, Putman Grain Company at the former Marbleridge Depot. It was owned by Clifton Starrett Berry (1877 - 1962). H...
02/19/2020

The Berry, Putman Grain Company at the former Marbleridge Depot. It was owned by Clifton Starrett Berry (1877 - 1962). His father Daniel had a farm by the Middleton line. The store was operated around 1909 – 1935 when Clifton opened a grocery shop in the Brick Store of the Old Center (known for years as the “General Store”, now ‘Cow’s Rock Ice Cream’ ). Clifton sold the site to Shea, who ran it as a grain store for a short while. Sometime in the 1930s, local memory serves, Fred Townsend bought a diner in South Lawrence and moved it to the site after tearing down the store to make a family home.

A curious item in the collections of the North Andover Historical Society. A unique piece. Any thoughts to what it might...
02/18/2020

A curious item in the collections of the North Andover Historical Society. A unique piece. Any thoughts to what it might be? It came from the estate of Thomas P. Rockwell, which is a big clue, if you knew Tom..

CSR UPDATE--Another busy week!We were pleased to donate boxes of cardstock-covered foam board from the CSR to five area ...
02/18/2020

CSR UPDATE--Another busy week!

We were pleased to donate boxes of cardstock-covered foam
board from the CSR to five area schools (Kittredge, Franklin, Atkinson, NAMS, HS & St Michael) for use as art supplies. 🎨

Our multi-generational weekend volunteer crew pulled nails and cleaned up in the future archive and collections storage areas on the second floor. Without their dedicated hands we couldn't possibly have made the progress we've made to date. From Friday through Sunday their combined time added up to 39.5 hours!

The first of almost 40 new Harvey brand windows arrived and was carried in. Masonry repairs continue in the basement and we're quoting a new computer network. Planning for our Phase 2 capital campaign is underway and more!

If you would like to learn more about the CSR building or the Historical Society in general, please contact us at your convenience. Thank you for your support!

“I told you in my last [letter], that I thought I should not have the pleasure of writing to you again before I should h...
02/12/2020

“I told you in my last [letter], that I thought I should not have the pleasure of writing to you again before I should have the far superior pleasure of seeing you face to face; “ So begins Nathaniel Lord, writing in 1841 to his beloved Mary Adams, whom he met in Andover where she was born and raised, the daughter of Major John A Adams and Dorcas Faulkner. Mary was 45 and previously unmarried when she was married to widower Nathaniel in 1838.They were often apart, as he was a judge at Ipswich, but he wrote copious and tender, thoughtful letters, often using two inks and writing upside down across the previous text.

CSR UPDATE: Plans for the NAHS research library are underway!  Our Curator of Archival and Research Materials, Inga Lars...
02/11/2020

CSR UPDATE: Plans for the NAHS research library are underway! Our Curator of Archival and Research Materials, Inga Larson, has been working on the new layout with an eye toward enhancing access and maintaining the high level of preservation that our documents require.

Our archives are the core of our collection. They are used by:

-Genealogists
-Authors
-Town planners
-TV & video producers
-Graphic designers
-Media outlets
-Business & property owners
-Project managers
-Students from elementary school to college

The research library is currently located in Johnson Cottage. It is open by appointment 10AM to 4PM weekdays, but we're planning to expand after the move!

NAHS HOURS EXPANDING TO 30 HRS/WK--Our grandfather clock and my wristwatch are spreading word that our exhibit galleries...
02/07/2020
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NAHS HOURS EXPANDING TO 30 HRS/WK--Our grandfather clock and my wristwatch are spreading word that our exhibit galleries & bookstore are now open 10AM to 4PM, Monday to Friday. Research library & Johnson Cottage tours by appointment. Saturdays are in our future! 😀

Thanks to a recent donation of local postcards we have a very rare image to share. Formerly the estate of George E. Davi...
02/05/2020

Thanks to a recent donation of local postcards we have a very rare image to share. Formerly the estate of George E. Davis, his grandson Dudley sold the property in 1939 to James and Iris Hodges, listed in the 1940 US Federal Census as “entertainers” from Florida. The property was foreclosed in 1941, making this post card of “Hilltop” a significant survival.

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153 Academy Rd
North Andover, MA
01845

Opening Hours

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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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!
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Please check out my article about the separation of North Andover from Andover (w. new illustrations). Thank you. - Carl McCarthy
A view of the Parson Barnard House from the 3d floor of the Bridges House (across the field) on a snowy day in March.
A wonderful resource! As a relocated "townie" with warm memories of my "Turkey Town" roots I'm proud to be a member of the NAHS and look forward to visits when the jet stream carries me there.