Current Exhibits

explore north andover history preserved in our exhibits 

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THE HISTORIC MILLS OF NORTH ANDOVER

The mills at North Andover altered the history of the town forever. Beginning with the Scholfield Mill in 1802, North Andover grew to become one of many leading textile equipment manufacturers in Massachusetts. By the nineteenth century, four sites stood along Cochichewick Brook to facilitate the growth of the North Parish’s (incorporated as North Andover in 1855) woolen textile industry.  


 North Andover Common in the 1920s

Creating the common

In 2018, the Common in the Old Center of North Andover is a source of enjoyment and civic pride for every North Andover citizen. The beauty of the trees and open space gives pleasure and joy to everyone who visits the Common for a run, a walk, or a quiet moment of solitude. 


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Little Migration to the Great Pond

the Evolution of Cochichewick Plantation to North Andover

Edmond Faulkner, John Frye, Nicholas Holt, John Osgood, Joseph Parker and Nathan Parker are listed in the Andover Town Records as original proprietors of the town. They made a financial investment to live here. They were also 6 of the 10 men who founded the First Church of Christ at Andover. Edmond Faulkner became the Town Clerk, John Frye held a vintner license, John Osgood kept an inn and Joseph Parker ran a mill. These men who helped shape Andover into a thriving community had in common that they were all originally from towns and villages not far from the market town of Andover England. 


 Kearney's Charge.  Battle of Chantilly, 1862

Veteran's exhibit

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The Veteran's Exhibit highlights the role of veterans who lived in the area now known as North Andover and covers major conflicts starting with the French and Indian War through World War II. Check back often as we plan more stories and add exhibits in the future. 


past Exhibits

 Parson Barnard House

wish you were here 

Americans began to expand their vacation destinations by the 1890’s. The railroad made it possible for millions of people to visit two famous World Fairs, the Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the St. Louis Fair in 1904. 


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myths & legends

of the Parson Barnard House

After three hundred years of existence, perhaps the most surprising story about the Parson Barnard House is that during a significant time span, the true origins of the house were obscured by misidentification and inaccuracy. 


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boomtown

north Andover: 1950-1969

This exhibit revisits a special time in the history of North Andover, a time when growth and change began to form the town we know today.