Founded in 1913, the Society is headquartered at the Samuel Dale Stevens Memorial Building (1932) at 153 Academy Road. The museum houses the Society’s collection of early American furniture and changing exhibits in the Main Gallery, the S. Forbes Rockwell Library and Archive of historic documents, photographs and maps, a book shop and staff offices.
The North Andover Historical Society is a non-profit educational institution which serves as a center for local community interest and is dedicated to preserving, documenting, exhibiting, and interpreting North Andover history; mainly through its collection. This collection consists of artifacts, historical house museums, properties for historic and/or preservation purposes, and an archival collection of documents and visual materials; objects made or used in the North Andover area from the 17th century onward.
Our 2017 Accomplishments
Last year 776 students in the North Andover school system participated in 19 programs provided by the society funded in part by grants from the Brown Family Fund and the Rogers Foundation. Our new initiative, Textile Arts programs served 789 children through 34 programs funded in part by a grant from the Stevens Foundation. Our barn at the Parson Barnard property was re-purposed as an educational and visitor center to showcase our educational programs thanks to the generosity of the North Andover Community Preservation Committee. Last year over four hundred visitors explored the Parson Barnard house & barn during the Essex County 17th century Saturdays summer program as part of our 21 adult/family offerings. In addition, we fulfilled 203 research requests and served 32 on-site researchers in our library/archives.