Searles Tenney Nevins Historic District

photo Searles Tenney Nevins Historic District
41 Pleasant Street
Methuen, MA 01844

The Searles, Tenney, Nevins Historic District reflects the major influences that shaped Methuen's architecture and economy. In the industrial boom of the late 19th century, Methuen city fathers Edward F. Searles, Charles H. Tenney, and David C. Nevins amassed considerable personal fortunes through hat manufacturing, textile production, and railroads. Choosing to invest their wealth in Methuen, they heavily influenced the city’s economic development and left a legacy of architecture and civic works that has helped shape the community’s character and quality of life. Today, the trio’s collective vision can be seen in mills, housing, schools, mansions, churches, monuments, playgrounds, the library, and the architectural fantasies that resulted from their artistic rivalry. The historic district boundaries were established to include properties and buildings constructed or used by the Searles, Tenney and Nevins families and the people who worked for them.


  • Historic Resources
  • Early Settlement Trail
  • Industrial Theme Trail

Property Owner/Organization: 

Methuen Historic District Commission