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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, 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.


Andover Farmers’ Market Canned Food Drive

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated for this event

In an effort to curb hunger in our surrounding communities, the Andover Farmers’ Market is collecting non-perishable food items during Market hours on August 20th,2011.

In the most recent exhibit at the Andover Historical Society, The Dirt on Argilla Road, a display case filled with canned food asks the question “Where does your food come from?”  In this exhibit, Andover’s long agricultural history and generations of Andover farmers’ who once lived off the land are remembered.  The Farmers’ Market takes place surrounding the Amso Blanchard House in Andover, which was once a working farm.  It is important to support local farmers whose labor provides healthy options in a world filled with fast food.  The contributions to the canned food drive are a small step towards the preventable epidemic, hunger that plagues an estimated 1 in 6 Americans today.

Andover Farmers' Market

Please bring donations during market hours from 12:30-3:30 to collection bins at both entrances of the Farmers’ Market and the entrance to the Andover Historical Society.

All donations will be  given to Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence, MA.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at the Andover Farmers’ Market or if you have questions about the canned food drive.  Please call 978-475-2236.


Tick Tock, Come and Learn about our Clocks!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

In Britain, since the reign of King Edward I, hallmarking has been used as a method to identify an item made from genuine metal that has passed a test or assay.  An assay ensured that the metal in an item contained a certain percentage of pure silver.

Some objects at the Andover Historical Society contain silver hallmarks such as the small pocket watch seen in the photo below.  These small silver marks not only denote the purity of the metal,  but also exhibit makers mark or provide information about where or when it was assayed.

If you are interested in history and enjoy learning about interesting traditions, come to Treasures in the Attic: Antique Clocks with Bob Frishman this Thursday, April 28th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bob, a clock expert and owner of Bell-Time Clocks in Andover, will lead a tour throughout the Blanchard House to discuss the fascinating history of our tall clocks and conclude his presentation in the exhibit hall where many of our treasured clocks and pocket watches will be on display.   Guests are invited to bring their own treasured clock to this event for Bob to view.

This event is free to members of the Andover Historical Society and $5 for non-members.  Join us for a fun and entertaining evening!

If you have any questions please call 978-475-2236.


Events for all ages!

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Spring is here and the Andover Historical Society has a full calendar of events for everyone.   Register in advance and save your place.

April 19th and 20th

Two Day Workshop–Preservation and First Period Architecture

9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Interested in art, architecture, design, and history?  Take part in an informative two-day program during April spring break.  Learn about the many styles of architecture in New England and take a walking tour of downtown Andover.  Join preservation students, Joshua Miner and Isabella Ciolfi from the North Bennett Street School in Boston to learn about preservation carpentry and build a first period model house.  Become an expert on architectural styles, participate in hands-on architecture activities, and learn about tools of the trade. Program for grades 6, 7, 8 ages (11-15) includes snacks, students must bring their own lunches. Fees are $60 members, $75 non-members.  All materials provided.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

April 26th

Afternoon Adventure: School Girl Sampler

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

School Girl Sampler

Make your own stitches in time!  Explore traditional Andover samplers and textile treastures from our collection.  Learn to sew a sampler like young girls did in the past.  Space is limited.   For girls ages 7-10,  $8 per child. Reservations required.

April 28th

Treasures in the Attic: Historic Clocks with Bob Frishman

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join clock expert Bob Frishman as he explores the Andover Historical Society’s clock collection.

Bob Frishman, owner of Bell-Time Clocks, has studied, repaired and sold clocks since 1980.   He has professionally restored more than 7,000 timekeepers, including the 1400 vintage clocks he has retailed in the past 30 years.  A past-president of the New England chapter of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, he has written several clock-related articles for that organization’s magazine and continues to lecture on many aspects of clock history and culture.  He grew up in Andover, attended the town’s public schools, and continues to operate his home-based clock business in Shawsheen Village.

Bob has a special interest in Andover-related clocks and was involved in the Historical Society’s obtaining the two old Andover-made longcase clocks on display in the Blanchard House.

Explore the Historical Society collection as he presents the fascinating history of the clocks found throughout the Amos Blanchard House.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.  Call 978-475-2236 to register.

May 1st

Sunday Strolls: Shawsheen Village with Don Robb


Join historian Don Robb for a walking tour of Shawsheen Village.  Learn about the life of famous Andover resident William Wood and the history of Shawsheen Village.  Have you ever wondered why Shawsheen Village has “White Shawsheen” and “Brick Shawsheen”?  Every house has a history, come learn about Andover’s rich past.  The tour will meet in the parking lot of the Brickstone building.  Meet in the parking lot of the Brickstone Buildings.

Check out our online calendar to sign-up or to learn about more upcoming events at the Andover Historical Society.


Sweethearts Tea on Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Sweetheart at the Andover Historical Society.

On Monday, February 14th from   2:00 – 4:00 p.m., guests are invited to treat their sweethearts to a romantically entertaining afternoon Tea Party with delicious fare, warm tea, and delightful historical love stories. Guests will hear the written words of a young Andover man struck by cupid’s arrow while also viewing pieces from the Society’s collection dating to the era of Victorian elegance.  This specialty program is based on a true love story to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.

Costumed interpreter and Merrimack College student Tommy Doucette will read from the diary of the love-struck David Bates Douglass. Douglass, who lived in Andover in 1878, kept a diary for the months of January, February and March of that year. In his private journal, Douglass wrote of little else but his love for his future bride, Abby Morton. Historical Society staff will provide additional details and background about 1870s Andover. Always touching, often comical, this local love story is sure to touch the heart of anyone attending the Sweethearts Tea at the Andover Historical Society.

Tickets-$25 per person


Call 978-475-2236

or purchase tickets online at our website.


Whirlwind of Events for Girls!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The snow isn’t slowing us down at the Andover Historical Society!

February 10 at 3:30 pm: Manners & Decorum & Valentines! View the flyer
Little Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice!  Join us to learn about Victorian and modern-day manners while viewing fashions, making crafts, and playing games.  Make a special valentine and sit down for a delightful tea party while good manners and decorum are learned and practiced. Ages 7-9,  Reservations are Required.  Call 978-475-2236 or email

February 17 at 3:30: Disability Awareness-Helen Keller’s Visit to Andover View the Flyer
In May of 1891, Helen Keller visited Andover and spoke publicly for the first time.  Learn about the incredible story of Helen Keller during this multisensory program and experience the world with your fingertips. Program for ages 9-11, $10 per child, Reservations Required.  Please call 978-475-2236 or email

March 10 at 3:30: Little House on the Prairie (in Andover?) View the Flyer
Did you know Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ancestors lived in Andover?  Experience what life was like for Laura and her sisters.  Play games, make crafts, and get ready for your westward journey! For girls ages 7-9, $10 per child. Reservations required, please call 978-475-2236 or email

A full listing of all Historical Society events can be found on our website.


Postponed due to Snow–William Wood Presentation next Week!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Don’t worry you didn’t miss it!  Mark your Calendars and come to the Andover Historical Society next week.

The Andover Historical Society’s much anticipated Andover Stories presentation, William Wood, Father of Shawsheen Village by Don Robb has been rescheduled for February 8th, 2 -3 p.m.

Have you ever wondered why there are so few garages in Shawsheen Village?  Or why the area is divided into “Brick Shawsheen” and “White Shawsheen”?  And what ever happened to the dream of William Wood.

Don’t miss this Andover Story!

Andover Historical Society

97 Main St.

Andover, MA 01810