Looking for Andover Witches Graveyard Tour
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Looking for Andover Witches Graveyard Tour

SOLD OUT!! You may sign up for waiting list

Richard Hite will lead a tour of the Old Burial Ground, based on his findings in In the Shadow of Salem. According to Mr. Hite, the Old Burial Ground in North Andover is the only cemetery in the country with marked graves of accused witches, an afflicted person, a formal accuser AND defenders.

The tour will focus on the graves of accused witches (the two William Barkers), an afflicted person (Timothy Swan), a complainant (Moses Tyler) and defenders of the suspects (Christopher Osgood, Andrew and Samuel Peters, Thomas Barnard). He will also discuss the graves of Timothy and Katherine (Sprague) Johnson and the fact that while Timothy's mother and sister were accused, Katherine's sister was a leading accuser.

Strictly limited to 15 and pre-registration is required.

SOLD OUT!

  • The companion Graveyard Tour is FREE. Attendees of the October 12th lecture will be given PRIORITY for reservations.

ORGANIZED BY THE NORTH ANDOVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY


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The Crucible in Andover? Samuel Wardwell & Martha Sprague
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

The Crucible in Andover? Samuel Wardwell & Martha Sprague

The characters of John Proctor and Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible were nothing like their real-life namesakes. In 1692, John Proctor was sixty-five and Abigail Williams was only eleven or twelve and their is certainly no evidence that the two of them had an affair.

In Andover, however, two major players in the drama of 1692 were much closer to the ages of Arthur Miller's fictional characters - Samuel Wardwell (age 49) and Martha Sprague (age about 16). While there is no direct evidence of a romantic relationship between the two of them, there are other aspects of their lives that make them seem much more similar to the fictional protagonists in Miller's play than those whose name was used.

Richard Hite, author of the recently published book In the Shadow of Salem: The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692 will discuss these parallels in a presentation at the North Andover Historical Society.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • NAHS Members: FREE

  • Non-members: $5 (Pay Cash at door, with a confirmed reservation)


The companion GRAVEYARD TOUR scheduled for Saturday, October 13th is SOLD OUT.

ORGANIZED BY THE NORTH ANDOVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY


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Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

17th Century Saturdays

Join us at our final open house of the year! 

Once again, we will be participating in Seventeenth-Century Saturday by opening up this venerable property to the public, free of charge...but please consider a donation or purchase in our traveling bookshop to help support our programs.


NEW TODAY:
Stop by the barn between 11 and 1 to meet Richard Hite, author of IN THE SHADOW OF SALEM — he will have copies of his book for sale and signing. The barn will still feature games and limited textile activities.

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The Creation of the Common & the Old Center (Exhibit & Walking Tour)
Sep
28
4:00 PM16:00

The Creation of the Common & the Old Center (Exhibit & Walking Tour)

  • North Andover Historical Society (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED

If you thought that the North Andover Common dates back to colonial times, you are not alone! Join us for the true story behind this iconic feature of the town's landscape, starting with our current exhibit and followed by a walking tour to explore the changes in the Old Center from 1825 until today. You will have a better appreciation for the work of the North Andover Improvement Society and other area personalities who took a dusty, forgotten crossroads village and made it a pleasant and quaint colonial revival Center.

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Click on Logo to visit the Essex National Heritage website


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SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: 

If using a mapping app for directions, please use 800 Massachusetts Avenue and not 153 Academy Road. Due to 2007 changes in the Old Center, our location is somehow still showing on the far end of our property and not at the intersection of Academy Road and Massachusetts Avenue. Pets are welcome on the walking portion of this program.


SCHEDULING NOTE:  

Group will assemble at 4 PM at the North Andover Historical Society Headquarters to sign in and view the exhibit. Walking tour will leave at 4:20 pm


CAPACITY: 30 

FREE EVENT

FACILITY FEATURES: 

  • Walking/Hiking
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restroom 

EVENT TELEPHONE: 978-686-4035

QUESTIONS: director.nahistory@gmail.com

LOCATION:

North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, MA, 01845

ESSEX HERITAGE WEBSITE


DRIVING DIRECTIONS:  

Use 495 and exit 45, Massachusetts Avenue. At end of ramp turn towards North Andover (left from I495 S-bound; right from I495 N-bound). Proceed straight on Massachusetts Avenue through three traffic lights. After 3rd light (Osgood Street) you will see the Common on your right. When you see 800 Massachusetts Avenue on your left, pull in and park either in the front or back parking lot. Do not park near the garage. Take the path through the side yard to the front door of North Andover Historical Society.


  1884 Map of the Old Centre Village, Town of North Andover, MA

1884 Map of the Old Centre Village, Town of North Andover, MA

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Sep
1
11:00 AM11:00

17th Century Saturdays

Join us on the first Saturday of June through October to celebrate the Parson Barnard House! 

Once again, we will be participating in Seventeenth Century Saturday by opening up this venerable property to the public, free of charge...but please consider a donation or purchase in our traveling bookshop to help support our programs.

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Aug
22
9:30 AM09:30

Victorian Customs: Adventures in Time

Part of our "Adventures in Time" series, Come spend the day and learn about Victorian America. We will explore secret languages of the time and create our own Fairy Garden.

  • Ages 7-13
  • Time: 9:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Supervised, allergy conscious lunch period
  • Children should bring their own lunch and water bottle
  • $35 for the day
  • $30 for Historical Society Members.
  • Sibling discount of 10%. 
  • Pre-registration required.
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Aug
9
9:30 AM09:30

Our Colonial Home: Adventures in Time

A SUMMER PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN:

4 Day Program: August 6-9

Adventures in Time focuses on a different theme and time period in history during its one-week session during August. The 2018 Theme is "Our Colonial Home".

Up to twelve participants spend four days between 9:30 to 2:30, to experience first hand, different aspects of life during the development of the American nation through a variety of traditional crafts and trades. 

 
 
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Aug
8
9:30 AM09:30

Our Colonial Home: Adventures in Time

A SUMMER PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN:

4 Day Program: August 6-9

Adventures in Time focuses on a different theme and time period in history during its one-week session during August. The 2018 Theme is "Our Colonial Home".

Up to twelve participants spend four days between 9:30 to 2:30, to experience first hand, different aspects of life during the development of the American nation through a variety of traditional crafts and trades. 

 
 
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Aug
7
9:30 AM09:30

Our Colonial Home: Adventures in Time

A SUMMER PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN:

4 Day Program: August 6-9

Adventures in Time focuses on a different theme and time period in history during its one-week session during August. The 2018 Theme is "Our Colonial Home".

Up to twelve participants spend four days between 9:30 to 2:30, to experience first hand, different aspects of life during the development of the American nation through a variety of traditional crafts and trades. 

 
 
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Aug
6
9:30 AM09:30

Our Colonial Home: Adventures in Time

A SUMMER PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN:

4 Day Program: August 6-9

Adventures in Time focuses on a different theme and time period in history during its one-week session during August. The 2018 Theme is "Our Colonial Home".

Up to twelve participants spend four days between 9:30 to 2:30, to experience first hand, different aspects of life during the development of the American nation through a variety of traditional crafts and trades. 

 
 
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Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

17th Century Saturdays

Join us on the first Saturday of June through October to celebrate the Parson Barnard House! 

Once again, we will be participating in Seventeenth Century Saturday by opening up this venerable property to the public, free of charge...but please consider a donation or purchase in our traveling bookshop to help support our programs.

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Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

COSPLAY WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS

GAME OF THRONES COSPLAY  

The 2018 summer teen workshops will focus on cosplay from the immensely popular HBO television series, Game of Thrones and similarly Medieval/Renaissance based historical series.   

  • Fashion an Elizabethan ruff (easy sewing and our first project)
  • Create a Game of Thrones inspired Renaissance Headpiece (gable hood) or a floppy courtiers’ hat ...more advanced construction and attention to detail.
  • Materials included in fee. 
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Total of 4 unique Sessions:  Sign up for one or more!

  • Session IV: July 11th - 1PM to 3PM
  • Session III: July 11th - 10AM to Noon
  • Session II: July 10th - 1PM to 3PM
  • Session I: July 10th - 10AM to Noon

Members (Family level Membership & above) receive a 20% discount 

Download: Summer Program Drop Off & Pick Up Policy.

REGISTRATION BY MAIL (COSPLAY)

  • Fill out and submit online registration form
  • Make all checks payable to "North Andover Historical Society" in U.S. funds. 
  • Mail check to:
    North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, MA 01845

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Jul
10
10:00 AM10:00

COSPLAY WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS

GAME OF THRONES COSPLAY  

The 2018 summer teen workshops will focus on cosplay from the immensely popular HBO television series, Game of Thrones and similarly Medieval/Renaissance based historical series.   

  • Fashion an Elizabethan ruff (easy sewing and our first project)
  • Create a Game of Thrones inspired Renaissance Headpiece (gable hood) or a floppy courtiers’ hat ...more advanced construction and attention to detail.
  • Materials included in fee. 
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Total of 4 unique Sessions:  Sign up for one or more!

  • Session IV: July 11th - 1PM to 3PM
  • Session III: July 11th - 10AM to Noon
  • Session II: July 10th - 1PM to 3PM
  • Session I: July 10th - 10AM to Noon

Members (Family level Membership & above) receive a 20% discount 

Download: Summer Program Drop Off & Pick Up Policy.

REGISTRATION BY MAIL (COSPLAY)

  • Fill out and submit online registration form
  • Make all checks payable to "North Andover Historical Society" in U.S. funds. 
  • Mail check to:
    North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, MA 01845

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Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

17th Century Saturdays

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Join us on the first Saturday of June through October to celebrate the Parson Barnard House! 

Once again, we will be participating in Seventeenth Century Saturday by opening up this venerable property to the public, free of charge...but please consider a donation or purchase in our traveling bookshop to help support our programs.


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Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Book Talk & Signing by Richard Hite

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SOLD OUT!

Join us for an evening with historian and archivist, Richard Hite as he discusses his newly released book, In the Shadow of Salem: The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692. Copies will be available for sale and the author will hold a book signing immediately following the short presentation.

  • SOLD OUT: Sign up for waiting list
  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
  • Members: FREE
  • Non-Members: $5 (pay at door)

Based on extensive primary source research, In the Shadow of Salem: The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692 tells for the first time the fascinating story of this long overlooked phase of the largest witch hunt in American history.

Untangling a net of rivalries and ties between families and neighbors, the author explains the actions of the accusers, the reactions of the accused, and their ultimate fates. In the process, he shows how the Andover arrests prompted a large segment of the town’s population to openly oppose the entire witch hunt and how their actions played a crucial role in finally bringing the 1692 witchcraft crisis to a close.

RICHARD HITE is State Records Coordinator at the Rhode Island State Archives and Public Records Administration. He has a B.A. in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Archival Management from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. in history from Kent State University. He is author of An Ordinary Soldier: Christopher Hite of Bedford, Pennsylvania and the Continental Army and Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island


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Annual Meeting
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

In accordance with our bylaws, a special meeting has been called for Wednesday, June 20th at 6pm at the North Andover Historical Society Headquarters. 

It will include a recap of 2017. 

The public is invited. Members are encouraged to attend.

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Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

17th Century Saturdays

Join us on the first Saturday of June through October to celebrate the Parson Barnard House! 

Once again, we will be participating in Seventeenth Century Saturday by opening up this venerable property to the public, free of charge...but please consider a donation or purchase in our traveling bookshop to help support our programs.

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Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Sheep to Shawl Workshop

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Follow wool from the sheep's back to yours in this two-hour workshop featuring picking, carding, spinning, and weaving.

  • $6 per person.
  • Payment due upon registration.
  • Suggested ages 8-12
  • Pre-registration required.
  • Registration Deadline: April 13th or until program fills up.
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