Parson Barnard House (1715)

photo of Parson Barnard House
179 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA 01810

The Parson Barnard House (1715) retains many of its original features, based on a documented history of this significant 18th Century building. The first owners and inhabitants of the house were ministers of the North Parish Church of North Andover, including Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. John Barnard and Rev. William Symmes. Towards the end of the 18th century the house was used as a summer home at which time the carriage barn was built. The North Andover Historical Society purchased the Parson Barnard House in 1950 in order to preserve a typical house built in the town during the early 18th century. Architectural features: Abbott Lowell Cummings describes the Parson-Barnard House as a "progressive" example of timber-frame construction for its time, with its vertically divided front door, plastered walls and chimney, covered lintels and piers, and underlying ground-sill which was built to support the frame of the house. Cummings cites the house as a "transitional" example of juxtaposing traditional frame methods with "a rich display" of "applied finished trim." The right-hand parlor chamber preserves "dramatic evidence" of transitions between two major architectural styles. Today the house is interpreted through four periods of architecture to show its evolution over the centuries. Designations: National Register of Historic Places (1974); National Historic District (1979).


Open on the first Saturdays of June through October from 11am - 3pm. Tours may also be made by appointment ($7 adults, $5 children under 16 & seniors over 65), please contact the caretaker by email at or phone (978-685-2304) to reserve a time.

Driving Directions: 

From I-495, take exit 43. Mass Avenue to Osgood Street, left onto Osgood Street, one block up on right.


  • First Period Architecture
  • Historic Resources
  • Early Settlement Trail
  • Museums

Property Owner/Organization: 

North Andover Historical Society
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead