North Andover Historical Society

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153 Academy Road
North Andover, MA 01845

The North Andover Historical Society was founded in 1913 by Samuel Dale Stevens, Jr. to preserve the history and traditions of his community. An early collector of both local and New England objects, he was particularly interested in documenting everyday life from 1690 to 1830. Exhibits chronicle the early history of the town from its incorporation as Andover in 1646, separation as the North Parish in 1710 and re-incorporation as North Andover in 1855 to the present day. The Society maintains two sites that feature museum galleries: The 1789 Johnson Cottage: An artisan's home and workshop, showcasing daily life of men and women in the mid-nineteenth century. Includes collections of early New England furniture, pewter, tools, household items and local artifacts. The Historical Society maintains a Library/Archive which houses personal, town, and church records documenting the community since 1646. The library also contains genealogies, photographs, ephemera and an inventory of historically and architecturally significant North Andover buildings. The 1715 Parson Barnard House: Home of Andover's third minister, Thomas Barnard. The house features furnished rooms, gardens, exhibits and architectural evolution that depict community life 1715 to 1830. The property also includes a c. 1812 barn with 19th century farming equipment, vehicles and a school room.

Ongoing Education Programming: The North Andover Historical Society plays an important role in the bringing history alive for children of all ages. The following programs meet many of the core concepts of the Massachusetts Frameworks for Social Studies at various grade levels.

  • Through a Child’s Eyes: Daily Life at Johnson Cottage: Adaptable to grades 1-2 and third graders studying local history units, this four rotation program introduces students to the daily life of children in the 1820s. When they visit Johnson Cottage., they experience first-hand the scale of early federal dwellings, learn about the household duties, and discover what their jobs would be in an early 19th century family.
  • Looking For The Past: Local History All Around Us: The Society offers several multi-part programs including a brief overview of the town’s history based on historic images, a scavenger hunt of the town buildings and history, and in-classroom presentation on using artifacts to discover history. Several fieldtrip options utilizing the old Village Center are available, including a workshop in the Old Burial Ground that looks at the colonial views of death, design, and the infamous 1692 witch trials. Grades 3-5
  • History Detectives at Parson Barnard House: The program explores the concept of change over time, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and man’s impact on his environment. The “Detectives” looks for the signs of technological advancements and discover what improvements the age of manufacturing made in New England domestic life. Grade 3 through high school.
  • Adventures in Time Summer Enrichment Program: Adventures in Time focuses on a different theme and time period in history during two one-week sessions during July and August where participants experience first-hand different aspects of life during the development of the American nation through a variety of traditional crafts and trades. Several fieldtrips to historic sites in and around the area give the children a chance to explore the history of the entire region. 

Contact: Carol Majahad,, 978-686-4035


Public hours:Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. The Parson Barnard House is open the first Saturday of the month, June through October from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


Tours of Johnson Cottage and the permanent exhibits are subject to a modest $7 fee for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 6 to 16. Research and reproduction fees vary, please visit the North Andover Historical Society website for more information.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

The North Andover Historical Society maintains a research library and archive at its headquarters at 153 Academy Road. The collection contains original and copied documents, photographs and compiled genealogies of North Andover families. It focuses on all aspects of the history of the town, including its citizens, businesses and churches. Appointments are required, please call (978) 686-4035 to make an appointment and/or visit the North Andover Historical Society website to learn more about research and reproduction policies and fees.


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