North Andover Historical Society

North Andover Historical Society The North Andover Historical Society is a non-profit educational institution, which serves as a center for local community interest and is dedicated to preserving, documenting, exhibiting, and interpreting N Andover history; mainly through its collection

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

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

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Great tour in the Old Burying Ground with Richard Hite, looking at all the graves assoicated with the 1692 witch trials....
10/23/2021

Great tour in the Old Burying Ground with Richard Hite, looking at all the graves assoicated with the 1692 witch trials. Thank you to all that signed up and a special thank you to Richard for sharing your research!

Here are some great internet resources that we like to use to do research on the early years of the Andovers! The great ...
10/20/2021

Here are some great internet resources that we like to use to do research on the early years of the Andovers! The great news? The Internet Archive sources are searchable using the magnifying glass on the left hand side of the webpage!

- Internet Archive - Historical Sketches of Andover by Sarah Loring Bailey: A general early history of the Andovers published in 1880.
https://archive.org/details/historicalsketch00bail/page/n7/mode/2up

- Internet Archive - Vital Records of Andover, MA dating to the end of 1849: Contains birth records.
https://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofan01ando/page/n5/mode/2up

- University of Virginia - Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project: Contains a variety of materials including court records, personal letters, historic maps, and more.
http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/home.html

How can you best preserve your family treasures for the future? This graphic is one of our Curator & Archivist’s favorit...
10/13/2021

How can you best preserve your family treasures for the future? This graphic is one of our Curator & Archivist’s favorite ways to remind people how to care for their keepsakes. #ArchivesMonth

How can you best preserve your family treasures for the future? This graphic is one of our Curator & Archivist’s favorite ways to remind people how to care for their keepsakes. #ArchivesMonth

NEW IN THE BOOKSTORE: Celebrate our town's founding with this limited edition 3" brass ornament!  The central image is f...
10/13/2021

NEW IN THE BOOKSTORE: Celebrate our town's founding with this limited edition 3" brass ornament! The central image is from the 1692 map, showing the original town center, Weir Hill and the Great Pond. Only 100 have been made and they retail for $20 plus tax; order yours today!

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NEW IN THE BOOKSTORE: Celebrate our town's founding with this limited edition 3" brass ornament! The central image is from the 1692 map, showing the original town center, Weir Hill and the Great Pond. Only 100 have been made and they retail for $20 plus tax; order yours today!

https://checkout.square.site/merchant/92X1VC9G18M8S/checkout/ZNIG4J7ZGAGAPH5HHXGHNDFQ

We don't have a yardarm (that's across the street, on the Common), but that won't stop us from recognizing the founding ...
10/13/2021

We don't have a yardarm (that's across the street, on the Common), but that won't stop us from recognizing the founding of the United States Navy! On this day in 1775, a resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the U.S. Navy with “a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months….”. Happy birthday!

We don't have a yardarm (that's across the street, on the Common), but that won't stop us from recognizing the founding of the United States Navy! On this day in 1775, a resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the U.S. Navy with “a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months….”. Happy birthday!

Between Indigenous Peoples Day, Columbus Day, the Boston Marathon, and game 4 of the AL Division Series tonight, it's a ...
10/11/2021

Between Indigenous Peoples Day, Columbus Day, the Boston Marathon, and game 4 of the AL Division Series tonight, it's a busy day in our region! #GoSox

Between Indigenous Peoples Day, Columbus Day, the Boston Marathon, and game 4 of the AL Division Series tonight, it's a busy day in our region! #GoSox

https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events/2021/10/23/a-tour-of-the-old-burying-ground-with-richard-h...
10/07/2021
A Tour of the Old Burying Ground with Richard Hite — North Andover Historical Society

https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events/2021/10/23/a-tour-of-the-old-burying-ground-with-richard-hite

Richard Hite will be joining us to give a specialized tour of the Old Burying Ground on Saturday, October 23rd at 10 am. Author of the book, In the Shadow of Salem, he will focus on the burials of those accused, of the accusers and other principals. Limited : 25; reservations to education.nahistor

Happy American Archives Month! October marks a time for cultural institutions across the nation to promote the preservat...
10/06/2021

Happy American Archives Month! October marks a time for cultural institutions across the nation to promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Some of you may be asking, “What exactly is an archives anyway?” Chances are, you have one in your own house! Have you saved family photos, report cards, brochures and tickets from trips, family bibles, home movies, childhood art work, and other memorabilia from over the years to remember and document your or your family’s life? If the answer is yes, then you have your own personal archive! Institutions across the country, including the North Andover Historical Society, preserve a variety of materials that capture the story of the community they serve. We help people learn from these wonderful primary sources in a variety of ways and keep them safe for generations to come.

Happy American Archives Month! October marks a time for cultural institutions across the nation to promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Some of you may be asking, “What exactly is an archives anyway?” Chances are, you have one in your own house! Have you saved family photos, report cards, brochures and tickets from trips, family bibles, home movies, childhood art work, and other memorabilia from over the years to remember and document your or your family’s life? If the answer is yes, then you have your own personal archive! Institutions across the country, including the North Andover Historical Society, preserve a variety of materials that capture the story of the community they serve. We help people learn from these wonderful primary sources in a variety of ways and keep them safe for generations to come.

Happy American Archives Month! October marks a time for cultural institutions across the nation to promote the preservat...
10/06/2021

Happy American Archives Month! October marks a time for cultural institutions across the nation to promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Some of you may be asking, “What exactly is an archives anyway?” Chances are, you have one in your own house! Have you saved family photos, report cards, brochures and tickets from trips, family bibles, home movies, childhood art work, and other memorabilia from over the years to remember and document your or your family’s life? If the answer is yes, then you have your own personal archive! Institutions across the country, including the North Andover Historical Society, preserve a variety of materials that capture the story of the community they serve. We help people learn from these wonderful primary sources in a variety of ways and keep them safe for generations to come.

Happy American Archives Month! October marks a time for cultural institutions across the nation to promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Some of you may be asking, “What exactly is an archives anyway?” Chances are, you have one in your own house! Have you saved family photos, report cards, brochures and tickets from trips, family bibles, home movies, childhood art work, and other memorabilia from over the years to remember and document your or your family’s life? If the answer is yes, then you have your own personal archive! Institutions across the country, including the North Andover Historical Society, preserve a variety of materials that capture the story of the community they serve. We help people learn from these wonderful primary sources in a variety of ways and keep them safe for generations to come.

Busy morning here at the Parson Barnard house for 17th Century Saturday! We are here until 2PM-come visit Richard Hite a...
10/02/2021

Busy morning here at the Parson Barnard house for 17th Century Saturday! We are here until 2PM-come visit Richard Hite and tour the house.

09/30/2021

Last 17th Century Saturday coming up this Saturday and author Richard Hite will be joining us to sell and sign his book, In the Shadow of Salem. Look for him as you visit the William Symmes room. Also plan to visit our pop-up bookstore in the Simeon Putnam room. This event is free, but please consider a purchase or donation to help support our public programs.

Accession of the MonthThis school desk is one of the newest additions to our collections! It was used at St. Michael’s S...
09/29/2021

Accession of the Month

This school desk is one of the newest additions to our collections! It was used at St. Michael’s School. St. Michael’s parish purchased the old Merrimack School building on Main Street (no longer standing) and began an elementary school there in 1950. A campaign was started for a new school building in 1956, and by 1960, the Maple Avenue location was open. It is possible that this desk could date back to the Merrimack School!
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NAHS ID: 2021.029.001

Accession of the Month

This school desk is one of the newest additions to our collections! It was used at St. Michael’s School. St. Michael’s parish purchased the old Merrimack School building on Main Street (no longer standing) and began an elementary school there in 1950. A campaign was started for a new school building in 1956, and by 1960, the Maple Avenue location was open. It is possible that this desk could date back to the Merrimack School!
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NAHS ID: 2021.029.001

A post card from our collections with a view of the Common, looking toward Andover Street, post marked 1909. The writer ...
09/22/2021

A post card from our collections with a view of the Common, looking toward Andover Street, post marked 1909. The writer noted “A good place for a rest after a long, long, walk.” Learn about the creation of North Andover's most iconic place during our Trails and Sails program on Thursday, September 24th at noon at the Education Center (153 Academy Road).
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NAHS ID: 2004.034.017

A post card from our collections with a view of the Common, looking toward Andover Street, post marked 1909. The writer noted “A good place for a rest after a long, long, walk.” Learn about the creation of North Andover's most iconic place during our Trails and Sails program on Thursday, September 24th at noon at the Education Center (153 Academy Road).
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NAHS ID: 2004.034.017

On the back end of a very successful day at the North Andover Merchants Association Fall Festival; we had a great time m...
09/18/2021

On the back end of a very successful day at the North Andover Merchants Association Fall Festival; we had a great time meeting with the public, selling books and talking up the Stevens Center renovation project! Sincere thanks to our volunteers and to everyone who dropped by the table.

A group of our supporters also took in a tour of the Old Burying Ground on Academy Road, run by our educator, Carol Majahad. Check back here for future tours. ⚰️⚰️⚰️

Last but certainly not least, today we flew the United States Air Force flag in honor of that service's establishment, on this day in 1947. It was a busy day! 🇺🇸

In recognition of the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who did not come home, the Historical Society honors their s...
09/17/2021

In recognition of the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who did not come home, the Historical Society honors their sacrifice on this National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Their service is not forgotten.

In recognition of the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who did not come home, the Historical Society honors their sacrifice on this National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Their service is not forgotten.

UPDATE:  This Saturday's History in the Stones Trails and Sails program is now filled.  If you wish to be placed on a wi...
09/16/2021

UPDATE: This Saturday's History in the Stones Trails and Sails program is now filled. If you wish to be placed on a wiating list, please email [email protected]. Thank you to all who have shown such interest!

UPDATE: This Saturday's History in the Stones Trails and Sails program is now filled. If you wish to be placed on a wiating list, please email [email protected]. Thank you to all who have shown such interest!

Time to reveal the answer to yesterday’s #WhatsItWednesday collection game. Did you guess a milk box? If so, you are rig...
09/16/2021

Time to reveal the answer to yesterday’s #WhatsItWednesday collection game. Did you guess a milk box? If so, you are right! This Glennie’s Dairy milk box is a metal box with an insulated lining, perfect for keeping products cold that were delivered to residential customers. Did your family get deliveries from Glennie’s?

Time to reveal the answer to yesterday’s #WhatsItWednesday collection game. Did you guess a milk box? If so, you are right! This Glennie’s Dairy milk box is a metal box with an insulated lining, perfect for keeping products cold that were delivered to residential customers. Did your family get deliveries from Glennie’s?

The kick off of Trails & Sails is only 2 days away! Here are the events taking place in North Andover. There are still a...
09/15/2021

The kick off of Trails & Sails is only 2 days away! Here are the events taking place in North Andover. There are still a few spots left for this Saturday's “History of the Stones" cemetery tour [https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events]. If you are interested in snagging a spot, please email our Educator, Carol, at [email protected]. There are several events happening all throughout Essex County which you can check out on the Trails & Sails website for more information! www.trailsandsails.org #EssexNationalHeritageArea #TrailsAndSails #LocalHistory

Time for another game to guess what item this might be in our collections! Leave your best guess in the comments, and th...
09/15/2021

Time for another game to guess what item this might be in our collections! Leave your best guess in the comments, and the answer will be revealed tomorrow. Hint: The letters are part of a business name.
#WhatsItWednesday

Time for another game to guess what item this might be in our collections! Leave your best guess in the comments, and the answer will be revealed tomorrow. Hint: The letters are part of a business name.
#WhatsItWednesday

In memory of those who perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in Shanksville, PA,...
09/11/2021

In memory of those who perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in Shanksville, PA, twenty years ago today. May we never forget their loss, and all work together to build a better future. 🇺🇸 🌎

In memory of those who perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in Shanksville, PA, twenty years ago today. May we never forget their loss, and all work together to build a better future. 🇺🇸 🌎

Since 1967, September 8th has been recognized as International Literacy Day - promoting and celebrating literacy around ...
09/08/2021

Since 1967, September 8th has been recognized as International Literacy Day - promoting and celebrating literacy around the world. Here is a sampling of just a few of the books in our collection, a box of Grammars, Primers, and Readers - many dating to the 1800s!
#internationalliteracyday

Since 1967, September 8th has been recognized as International Literacy Day - promoting and celebrating literacy around the world. Here is a sampling of just a few of the books in our collection, a box of Grammars, Primers, and Readers - many dating to the 1800s!
#internationalliteracyday

Our friend Richard Hite will be leading another tour down in Salem this coming Saturday. If you are in the area, you sho...
09/07/2021

Our friend Richard Hite will be leading another tour down in Salem this coming Saturday. If you are in the area, you should check it out!

This tour is hosted by Salem Historical Tours, which leave from 8 Central Street in downtown Salem. (salemhistoricaltours.com)

Special Guest Tour Guide Richard Hite
1692 Witchcraft Walk Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

Join Richard for a book signing at our office at 2 p.m.

Richard Hite, author of In The Shadow of Salem, will lead our 1692 Witchcraft Walk on Sept. 11. He is an expert on the Salem witchcraft trials and will also give you some insight into what was happening in Andover.

Special Guest Tour Guide Richard Hite
1692 Witchcraft Walk Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

Join Richard for a book signing at our office at 2 p.m.

Richard Hite, author of In The Shadow of Salem, will lead our 1692 Witchcraft Walk on Sept. 11. He is an expert on the Salem witchcraft trials and will also give you some insight into what was happening in Andover.

Our friend Richard Hite will be leading another tour down in Salem this coming Saturday. If you are in the area, you should check it out!

This tour is hosted by Salem Historical Tours, which leave from 8 Central Street in downtown Salem. (salemhistoricaltours.com)

Special Guest Tour Guide Richard Hite
1692 Witchcraft Walk Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

Join Richard for a book signing at our office at 2 p.m.

Richard Hite, author of In The Shadow of Salem, will lead our 1692 Witchcraft Walk on Sept. 11. He is an expert on the Salem witchcraft trials and will also give you some insight into what was happening in Andover.

Special Guest Tour Guide Richard Hite
1692 Witchcraft Walk Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

Join Richard for a book signing at our office at 2 p.m.

Richard Hite, author of In The Shadow of Salem, will lead our 1692 Witchcraft Walk on Sept. 11. He is an expert on the Salem witchcraft trials and will also give you some insight into what was happening in Andover.

Beautiful day at the Parson Barnard house. Come visit, we are here until 2 pm!
09/04/2021

Beautiful day at the Parson Barnard house. Come visit, we are here until 2 pm!

As many local schools have their first day of school today, we would like to wish all students a great year ahead! This ...
09/01/2021

As many local schools have their first day of school today, we would like to wish all students a great year ahead! This classroom scene is from the Center School dated June 20, 1943. The writing on the back of the photograph reads “Mary K teaching grades III-IV”. What are some of your favorite school memories?
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NAHS ID: 1972.012.092

As many local schools have their first day of school today, we would like to wish all students a great year ahead! This classroom scene is from the Center School dated June 20, 1943. The writing on the back of the photograph reads “Mary K teaching grades III-IV”. What are some of your favorite school memories?
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NAHS ID: 1972.012.092

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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!
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Please check out my article about the separation of North Andover from Andover (w. new illustrations). Thank you. - Carl McCarthy