A month long series of events exploring Andover's connections
to the Salem Witch Trial of 1692

 Witchcraft in Salem in 1692, but why in Andover?
Wednesday, October 4, 12:30pm

Bring your lunch and hear Enders Robinson, noted Witch Trial historian, author, and descendent of Samuel Wardwell discuss theories as to why Andover became so embroiled in the witch trials of 1692. Members: FREE; Non-members: $5 


Puddn’Heads: Childhood in Colonial America
​Thursday, October 12, 7pm

Teacher and author, Velya Jancz-Urban provides a lively presentation with hands-on demonstrations about the unique aspects of childhood between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries. Ms. Jancz-Urban will explore themes including birthing and childrearing practices, parenting, children’s health and education, naming, gender, play, and rites of passage that are funny, sad, sweet, and shocking. Members: $10; Non-members: $15


No Cause to Judge Them: A narrated hike through Baker’s Meadow
Saturday, October 14, 2pm - Meet at Baker’s Meadow

Join us for a narrated history hike through land once owned by Rev. Francis Dane and his family in commemoration of his Oct. 1692 petition that helped to end the witch hunt. This event is co-sponsored by the Andover Trails Committee. No registration required. Free and Open to the Public

Witch Andover, Which Andover?

Thursday, October 19th, 7pm Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street, Andover

Local Historian, Char Lyons will explore the history and lasting consequences of the Witch Trials and how they shaped Andover as we know it today.  This event is a collaboration between the Andover Historical Society and the North Andover Historical Society in partnership with Memorial Hall Library. Registration required, Free and open to the public.


​Tales from the Crypt
Saturday, October 21st, 4:30pm, Spring Grove Cemetery, 124 Abbot Street

Gather in the old crypt at Spring Grove Cemetery to hear favorite ghost stories, led by Gail Ralston, cemetery trustee - maybe share one of your own. Due to “scariness factor,” attendees must be 18 or older. Members: Free, Non-members: $5

Witch Trial Descendants tour of South Church Cemetery​
Sunday, October 22, 1pm, South Church Cemetery, 41 Central Street, Andover

South Church cemetery historian, Char Lyons will highlight and discuss the graves of descendants of both the accused witches and accusers from Andover. Members: Free; Non-Members $5


A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience
​​Tuesday, October 24, 7pm  

Join us for an engaging presentation by  Professor Emerson Baker who will discuss his most recent book, A Storm of Witchcraft, that sets the Salem Witch Trials in the broader context of American history from the seventeenth century to the present. Member $10, Non-Member $15

Tour of the Benjamin Abbot House
October 28th, 10:30am, 9 Andover Street, Andover 


Enjoy a rare opportunity to tour the interior of the 17th century home of Benjamin Abbot, who accused Martha Carrier of being a witch in 1692.  Learn more about the ten generations of Abbot residents, witch trial history, and additions made to this wonderful property. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5



  Programs will be held at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover unless otherwise noted
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