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Andover, Massachusetts, USA

Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Andover was originally settled in 1636 under the Native American name of Cochichawicke, a local waterway. The community was incorporated in 1646 as the Town of Andover, named after a town in England where many of its settlers had come from. andoverma.gov

Included in Andover are: Osgood District, Shawsheen Village, Abbott Village, Ballardvale, Frye Village, Haggatt, Lowell Junction Station, and Marland Village.


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  • 1642 - Andover is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1646 - Andover founded
    The original Andover, founded by Simon and Anne Bradstreet along with the Barker, Osgood, Stevens, Woodbridge and other families, broke into two separ...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - ANDOVER. [Pop. 5,207. Inc. 1646.]
    The Indian name was Cochichewick, and that of Andover was given in remembrance of Andover in England, from which some of the first settlers came. ...Read MORE...


  • News 1853 - THE RAILROAD ACCIDENT - LATER PARTICULARS.
    Boston, Friday, Jan. 7.
    Accounts from Andover this morning, state that General PIERCE and lady are now at the house of JOHN AIKEN at that place. They...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Andover
    Andover, a post-township of Essex county, Massachusetts, 21 miles N. from Boston, and 16 miles N. E. from Salem. The town ship extends to the Merrimac...Read MORE...


  • News 1857 - Watched People Search for Her
    The Andover Mass. Advertiser tells a story of a woman belonging to that town, who had a falling out with her husband, and threatened to drown herself ...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    ANDOVER, a town of Massachusetts, U. S., in the co. of Essex, 21 m. N of Boston; 16 NW of Salem. Pop. in 1820, 3,889; in 1830, 4,540; in 1840, 5,207. ...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - The Congregationalists of this country have six theological seminaries,
    in which are two hundred and forty-five students. Andover, Massachusetts, has the largest, and Oberlin, Ohio, the smallest.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 6, 1869

  • Andover, Massachusetts 1890
    Andover is a flourishing and delightful town of 5,711 inhabitants, 202 farms, 1,014 dwellings, and a valuation, in 1888, of $4,952,750. The rate of ta...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Andover
    Andover, a post-village of Essex co., Mass, is in Andover township, and on the Boston & Maine Railroad, 23 miles N. of Boston, and about 10 miles E. o...Read MORE...


  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    "Security" Nipple

    Tyer Rubber Co., Andover, Mass.

    Ladies' Home Journal
    July 1898
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Ask Your Druggist for Tyrian Rubber Goods
    Because They Are Best
    Tyer Rubber Company, Andover, Mass.

    Ladies' Home Journal
    April 1898
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    The Phillip's Inn, Andover, Mass.
    (Harriet Beecher Stowe House on right)
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Abott Academy
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    St. Augustine's Church, Andover, Mass.
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Waiting Room, Musgrove Building

    The storefront at lower left served as a waiting room and transfer station for local trolley lines.

    "The Musgrove Block is a historic commercial building at 2 Main Street in the center of Andover, Massachusetts. ... Read MORE...

  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Christ Church Episcopal
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, 1905
  • News 1906 - STUDENTS IN DISGRACE - Handle Innkeeper Roughly and Trouble is Brewing.
    Andover, Mass. May 23. - Between 15 and 20 boys, students at the Phillips-Andover academy, will be expelled from school, it is announced, because of t...Read MORE...


  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Elm Square, 1906
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Musgrove Block
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Chapel, Andover Theological Seminary, 1907
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Andover Golf Club, 1908
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    New B. & M. Depot
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Andover Inn
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Brechin Terrace
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    K.O.A. Club, 1910
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Town Hall and Central Fire Station, 1910
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Tyer Rubber Co.
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Smith Memorial Arch.
    West Parish Burial Ground
  • 1916
    Andover, a banking post-village of Essex co., Mass., in Andover township (town), on tne Boston and Maine R., 23 miles N. of Boston and 10 miles E. of ...Read MORE...


  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Memorial Hall Library
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Smith & Dove Mills
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    American Woolen Company Administration Building, Shawsheen Village, Andover, Mass.
  • Andover, Massachusetts, USA
    Shawsheen River, Shawsheen Village


Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Andover, Massachusetts, USA


Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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"Security" Nipple

Tyer Rubber Co., Andover, Mass.

Ladies' Home Journal
July 1898


Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Ask Your Druggist for Tyrian Rubber Goods
Because They Are Best
Tyer Rubber Company, Andover, Mass.

Ladies' Home Journal
April 1898

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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The Phillip's Inn, Andover, Mass.
(Harriet Beecher Stowe House on right)

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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St. Augustine's Church, Andover, Mass.

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Waiting Room, Musgrove Building

The storefront at lower left served as a waiting room and transfer station for local trolley lines.

"The Musgrove Block is a historic commercial building at 2 Main Street in the center of Andover, Massachusetts. ... Read MORE...

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Abott Academy

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Christ Church Episcopal

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Main Street, 1905

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Elm Square, 1906


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Musgrove Block

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Chapel, Andover Theological Seminary, 1907

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Andover Golf Club, 1908

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New B. & M. Depot

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Andover Inn

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Brechin Terrace

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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K.O.A. Club, 1910

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Town Hall and Central Fire Station, 1910

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Tyer Rubber Co.

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Smith Memorial Arch.
West Parish Burial Ground

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Memorial Hall Library

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Smith & Dove Mills

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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American Woolen Company Administration Building, Shawsheen Village, Andover, Mass.

Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Shawsheen River, Shawsheen Village
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  • 1642 - Andover is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1646 - Andover founded
    The original Andover, founded by Simon and Anne Bradstreet along with the Barker, Osgood, Stevens, Woodbridge and other families, broke into two... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - ANDOVER. [Pop. 5,207. Inc. 1646.]
    The Indian name was Cochichewick, and that of Andover was given in remembrance of Andover in England, from which some of the first settlers... Read MORE...

  • News  1853 - THE RAILROAD ACCIDENT - LATER PARTICULARS.
    Boston, Friday, Jan. 7.
    Accounts from Andover this morning, state that General PIERCE and lady are now at the house of JOHN AIKEN at that place.... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Andover
    Andover, a post-township of Essex county, Massachusetts, 21 miles N. from Boston, and 16 miles N. E. from Salem. The town ship extends to the... Read MORE...

  • News  1857 - Watched People Search for Her
    The Andover Mass. Advertiser tells a story of a woman belonging to that town, who had a falling out with her husband, and threatened to drown herself ... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    ANDOVER, a town of Massachusetts, U. S., in the co. of Essex, 21 m. N of Boston; 16 NW of Salem. Pop. in 1820, 3,889; in 1830, 4,540; in 1840, 5,207. ... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - The Congregationalists of this country have six theological seminaries,
    in which are two hundred and forty-five students. Andover, Massachusetts, has the largest, and Oberlin, Ohio, the smallest. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 6, 1869
  • Andover, Massachusetts 1890
    Andover is a flourishing and delightful town of 5,711 inhabitants, 202 farms, 1,014 dwellings, and a valuation, in 1888, of $4,952,750. The rate of... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Andover
    Andover, a post-village of Essex co., Mass, is in Andover township, and on the Boston & Maine Railroad, 23 miles N. of Boston, and about 10 miles E.... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - STUDENTS IN DISGRACE - Handle Innkeeper Roughly and Trouble is Brewing.
    Andover, Mass. May 23. - Between 15 and 20 boys, students at the Phillips-Andover academy, will be expelled from school, it is announced, because of... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Andover, a banking post-village of Essex co., Mass., in Andover township (town), on tne Boston and Maine R., 23 miles N. of Boston and 10 miles E. of ... Read MORE...

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