A Month of Eerie Events
October 5 through November 6, 2016
Wednesday, October 5
Blanchard Barn at Andover Historical
Join us for an evening of ghost stories in the Blanchard Barn. Take a seat on a hay bale and enjoy a treat as you listen to a selection of spooky ghost stories, including an original story set in Andover in the 1820’s titled, The Handkerchief, written by Andover resident Kathrine Finley.
This program is suitable for
elementary school-aged children and older.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration is required. Limited to 20 attendees.
The cost for this event is $5 per person for members (adult and child) and $10 per person (adult and child) for non-members.
Saturday, October 15
Grab some friends, enjoy a glass of wine or hard cider and hear Velya Jancz-Urban give a lively presentation about all the things you wondered about women’s lives in the colonial period but were afraid to ask.
“The Not-So-Good Life of The Colonial Goodwife not only makes audience members laugh and grimace, but it also honors our foremothers.
It’s not about quilting bees and spinning wheels - it’s an interactive presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women.”
Registration is required. The cost for this event is $10 per person for members and $15 per person for non-members. Don’t miss this unique Ladies-Night-Out event. Gentlemen you are welcome too! Reservations are required and seats are limited to 50.
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Not So Good Life
Sunday, October 16
Chapel Cemetery, Phillips Academy
Join Gail Ralston on a unique and engaging tour of Phillips Academy’s Chapel Cemetery. Retrace the steps of Harriet Beecher Stowe, from the spot where she first lived in Andover, to the sacred ground of her final resting place. Hear the voices of other souls whose last remains share this space, and learn of their contributions to the Town of Andover and to life on “Seminary Hill.”
Meet on the steps of Cochran Chapel. Parking is available in the lots between and behind the Chapel and the Andover Inn and along Chapel Avenue.
Free program. Registration required.
This program is SOLD OUT.
Please call 978-475-2236 to be put on a waiting list
Saturday, October 22
Do you need a little mystery in your life? Come to the Andover Historical Society for an evening of murder, mystery and fun set in the year 1912. Henry Robinson, the owner of the Blanchard House has invited you to a dinner party but the evening turns sinister when someone is murdered!
Limited to just 24 guests, each attendee will be assigned a character from Andover’s history and will receive a personalized character dossier. Guests will search for clues, gossip with the servants, and enjoy a sit-down dinner while trying to discover the identity of the murderer among their fellow guests.
Space is limited to 24 guests so don’t wait to sign up. $60 members, $75 non-members.
Chapel Cemetery Tour
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Murder Mystery Dinner
Sunday, October 23
Goldsmith Woodlands, Rte 28, Andover
Andover’s many scenic, wooded reservations and conservation areas are today cherished as sources of recreation and spiritual renewal, but in the seventeenth century, New England’s forests were seen as an impenetrable evil; home to voracious wolves, marauding Indians, and – worst of all -- a malicious, lurking devil.
Join Andover Trails for a hike of the Goldsmith Woodlands on Route 28 in Andover. Andover Historical Society’s Jane Cairns will share stories of Ann Foster and Martha Carrier, near neighbors of Foster’s Pond, as well as other Andover residents accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
The hike is free and open to the public, consists of relatively level walking and will take about 2 hours.
Parking for several cars is available in the reservation parking lot, with additional on-street parking available across Route 28 on Gould Road.
Sunday, October 30
South Church Cemetery
41 Central Street, Andover
Char Lyons, South Church cemetery historian, takes you through part of the burial ground often overlooked. Explore the stones from as early as the 1700’s including Andover residents who fought in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Reservations are required and limited to 15.
Meet at the side entrance to South Church. Parking is available.
Free program. Registration recommended.
Registration is limited to 15 people.
South Church Tour
Foster Pond Hike
Sunday, November 6
The last of our Eerie Events is an Andover Neighborhood Program that includes stories from Spring Grove Cemetery and Pomps Pond.
Have you ever enjoyed the cool water of
Pomps Pond on a summer day and
wondered for whom the pond was named?
Did you know Daniel Webster, famous orator and former Secretary of State gave a speech to a large assembly of residents in anaturally formed “amphitheatre” located just off present-day Central Street in 1843?
Why do abandoned railroad tracks run through the middle of Spring Grove Cemetery?
Join us as we explore this special Andover neighborhood.
This is a free program, however,
Neighborhood Programs fill quickly.
Registration is limited to 50 people.