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Abbot House History at AHS

Friday, November 4th, 2011

This October the Andover Historical Society celebrated our first Bewitched in Andover: A Series of Eerie Events.  During our month of Halloween inspired events, the Benjamin Abbot House at 9 Andover Street was opened for a one-day special guided tour.   Over 100 visitors stopped in to take a tour of the house and learn about the family who once lived in it.  The Abbot house passed down through ten generations of Abbotts over a period of three centuries.  Originally, owned by Benjamin Abbot, an accuser of Martha Carrier during the infamous Salem Witch Trials, the house was finally sold and left Abbot hands during the Great Depression.

Fortunately, over the course of its ownership, the house at 9 Andover Street has come to be cared for by preservationists who have cared for this Andover treasure.

To learn more about the Benjamin Abbot House and other homes in Andover visit the Andover Historical Society and explore our extensive research files and photographs.

Join us this Christmas Season for more Andover Historical Society events.  Visit our online calendar to learn more.


A Series of Eerie Events in Andover

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

As the seasonal changes of fall appear in the falling leaves and the dropping temperatures, eerie events are taking place at the Andover Historical Society.

Throughout October, the Andover Historical Society is hosting Bewitched in Andover, a series of eerie events.  Starting October 1st with a session called GhostHunting 101 and a lecture on The Witches of Andover by Kimberly Whitworth, we are in the midst of this buffet of spooky local history.

Join us tomorrow night for An Evening with Kathleen Kent including a book reading and signing with well-known author of the The Heretics Daughter,  from 7:30-9:00.  The book reading will take place from 7:00-7:30, reservations are required.  Kathleen Kent has released in paperback her newest publication The Traitors Wife.   The Andover Bookstore will be selling copies of all of Kathleen Kent’s books.

Coming up next Tuesday, a new program for children, Tea with Sarah Carrier:  A 1692 Andover Girl.   Like the beloved American Girl Doll stories, the Andover Historical Society is sharing  stories of real Andover Girls of the past.  The first Andover Girl will be a 1692 girl, Sarah Carrier.  She was only 7 years old when her mother was imprisoned during the Witchcraft Hysteria.  Even Sarah was imprisoned and accused of being a witch.  During this special spooky tea party, girls will learn about what it was like to live in the Colonial era.  They will make special crafts, learn about the past, and try foods that the Carriers may have eater.  The Andover Girl Tea will take place Tuesday, October 18th, 3:30-5:00.  Reservations are required.

Next Saturday, Tour of the Witch’s House at 9 Andover Street the Benjamin Abbot house.  The home of witch trial accuser Benjamin Abbot will be open for tours during this one-time special event.  Benjamin Abbot accused Martha Carrier of witchcraft, along with others, after an argument with Martha regarding land.  A sore grew on Benjamin’s side and did not start to mend until she was taken away by the sheriff.  Tours will include history of the ten generations of Abbots who lived in the second oldest home in Andover, history of Andover and the witch trials.  Tours will take place on the hour and half hour from 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the last tour taking place at 3:30 p.m.

The final event to end Bewitched in Andover is a lecture on the history of West Parish Cemetery by Jim Batchelder.  Make reservations to join us for Cocktails from the Crypt. Drinks will be served at 7:00 p.m. and an informative lecture will start at 7:30.

Call to make reservations at the Andover Historical Society 978-475-2236.


Farmers’ Market Season Finale!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

This Saturday, October 8th is the last day of the 2012 Andover Farmers’ Market season.  Over the course of 16 weeks the Andover Farmers’ Market has taken place surrounding the Andover Historical Society in the heart of downtown Andover from 12:30-3:30 every Satuday.

This Saturday new and returning vendors will celebrate the last day of the season and look forward to another year of offering fresh fruits and vegetables, specialty foods, baked goods, and an array of crafts and body care products.

Don’t miss out on the last day of the Andover Farmers’ Market!

Alpaca from Big Red Acres Farm

Visit the newcourtyard, a newly landscaped portion of the Historical Society lawn with picnic tables designed and put together by Troop 76 and Eagle Scout Sam Pratt.   Jen Boshar of Big Red Acres farm is bringing alpaca yarn and fleece, socks, and scarves and beaded alpaca necklaces.  Jen is also bring Alpacas!!  Visit the courtyard to see these beautiful and unique animals.

Facepainters from the Andover High School will be on the porch offering free face painting to children.  And Merrimack Chiropractic, will be promoting healthy living near the barn.

Visit the Andover Farmers’ Market this Saturday, 12:30-3:30.

Thanks to all the vendors who participated in the Andover Farmers’ Market this Season!

AHS Sustainable Garden Project

Belvedere Body Co.

Big Red Acres Farm

Boston Hill Farm

Caroline’s Clips

Crafty Creations

Cristen Farrell Photography

Farmer Dave’s

Fior D’Italia Pasta and Cheese

Gaouette Farm

Globe Fish Company

Golden Girl Granola

Habitat Soaps

Honey Flour Bakery

Jess Jams

Kittredge Candles

Kristina Trott Photography

Long Hill Orchard

Maria LaTorre Creations

Nantucket Florals

Shady Oaks Organics

Soula’s Homemade Salsa

Still River Winery


Taza Chocolate

Quinn’s Canine Cafe


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Picnic with us at Serio’s Grove in Ballardvale

Picnic with the Historical Society at Serio's Grove Sunday, October 9th. PR & Development Assistant Carrie Midura found this image in the collection. It's one of my favorites!

This Sunday, October 9th, we’re hosting the next in our series of Centennial events: an old fashioned picnic at Serio’s Grove in Ballardvale.  Travel back to 1911 with us at a family picnic on the banks of the beautiful Shawsheen River in Ballardvale Village at Andover’s picturesque Serio’s Grove reservation.  This special picnic will feature canoe rides, a ducky race, and live banjo music.  Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and a healthy appetite for adventure.  The Centennial picnic will be 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Visit our website for details and directions.


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, September 26th, 2011


Museum Educator Deb DeSmet has scared up a month of eerie history events starting this Saturday, October 1.  Join us as we kick off “Bewitched in Andover” with Ghost Hunting 101 Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.  Meet local ghost hunters G.H.O.S.T. (Ghost Hunters of Southern Tri State) and learn about how they do what they do.

Other events in Bewitched in Andover include a talk about Andover’s role in the witch hysteria of 1692, a book signing by author Kathleen Kent, a tour of the Abbot House, and Andover Girl Tea, and, wrapping up the month, Cocktails from the Crypt.  Visit the Society’s website calendar for all the spooky details!


What’s Your Favorite Market Recipe?

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

After returning home from a visit to the Andover Farmers’ Market, how do you use your favorite market ingredients?  We are proud to host a variety of vendors who offer unique fruits, vegetables, and specialty goods.  Some things you may have never seen before!

Let us know what you make with your farmers’ market produce by sharing your recipes with other Andover Farmers’ Market customers.  Send your best recipe using ingredients found at the Market to

Kale, Swiss Chard, and Argula!

Pick up ingredients this weekend to try Baked Kale Chips


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

Courtesy of allrecipes


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Visit the Trails & Sails website and set an itinerary for a weekend (or two) of fun

Join the Society's Trails & Sails hike up Holt Hill, Saturday, September 24th, 2:00-4:00

2011 is the 10th anniversary of Essex National Heritage Commission’s annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water.  This year the Commission has created a special passport to document your journey through Essex County.  Attend ten events and enter to win a prize.  Don’t miss the Andover Historical Society’s event Saturday, September 24th 2:00-4:00 pm! Join us for a walk up Holt Hill and learn the history of this fascinating place.

Follow the link to Trails & Sails for directions and parking instructions.  Trails & Sails runs September 16-18 and 23-25.


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Volunteer to help with the Society’s upcoming Super Auction

The Historical Society's President's gavel could make an appearance at the live auction event.

What’s a Super Auction?   It’s a combination of a week-long online auction and a fun day-long auction event at the Historical Society.  The online auction will run Friday, October 28 through Friday, November 4.  When bidding closes, those items will be gone!  The next day, Saturday, November 5, we’ll open the Historical Society for a community open house.  Stop by, peruse the selection of special items up for auction, register, and put your bids in your favorite items.  You can leave a proxy vote if you stop by early and want to secure your bid.  Or, you could become a member of the Society, because later that day, we’ll reopen for a very special evening for members and their guests to close out the auction.

We need help now securing auction items.  Volunteers are needed to help build our database of potential auction donors, identify special items we would like to include in the auction, and to help put together bid packages.  If you would like to help, please get in touch with Elaine or Carrie at 978-475-2236, or email


“The Good Lord Sent The Rain”

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Farmer John Rasmussen of Lowell Road

Have you seen this picture before?  This iconic image of John Rasmussen, an Andover Farmer can be seen in the Andover Historical Society’s current exhibit, The Dirt on Argilla Road.  This exhibition explores Andover’s agricultural past telling the stories of several West Parish farms.

In the July 16, 1953 edition of The Andover Townsman the following description explains the story of the photo, “Farmer John Rasmussen, Lowell rd., donned his boots on Monday, the first time he had worn them since last May, and like a little boy at play on the ocean beach knelt down by one of several puddles of water which had formed on his several acre farm and let the water trickle through his fingers while a smile creased his weather-beaten face.  Monday’s storm brought nearly an inch of rainfall, the first appreciable rain since May 28.  And to Farmer Rasmussen, who has been tilling Andover soil since 1912, it brought new hopes for his four acres of corn, his six acres of lettuce, his seven acres of spinach, as well as lesser amounts of cabbage and cauliflower.  Said John Rasmussen: “The GoodLord Sent The Rain.””

The Dirt on Argilla Road will be on exhibit until October 31st, 2011.  Visit the Andover Historical Society Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. to see our vast collection of historic farming tools and learn about Andover’s farming past.  The Andover Farmers’ Market takes place at 97 Main Street every Satruday from June 25th-October 8th from 12:30-3:30.


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Have tea with a teddy bear!

Next week, Thursday August 18, we’re hosting a special summertime Teddy Bear Tea from 10:00-11:00.  Teddy bears are encouraged to bring their favorite 2-6 year old and a grown up to drive them here.

Greeting card (AHS#1983.081.440)

Teddy Bear teas include an interactive story, crafts, and tea using real tea cups and yummy treats! Great fun for boys and girls. Tickets for the tea are free for teddy bears, $10 per child, and $7 per accompanying adult.

Call the office to reserve your place (978-475-2236), or purchase tickets on the Society’s website.