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

  • North Andover Historical Society 153 Academy Road North Andover, MA, 01845 United States (map)

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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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.


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




  • Walking/Hiking
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restroom 

EVENT TELEPHONE: 978-686-4035


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


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

Earlier Event: September 1
17th Century Saturdays
Later Event: October 6
17th Century Saturdays