In this picture, taken on September 7th, 2011, I stand in front of the Blanchard House. It was a rainy afternoon right before I started my Junior Year at Phillips Academy.
I’m cutting off PA Month to research the house I visited every week for my entire summer vacation. Amos Blanchard and his family moved into this beautiful house in 1819. The Blanchards represent a typical 19th century middle-class family moving into New England, and their lives are preserved at this amazing place. The Andover Historical Society was founded in 1911. The house and barn are now used as a museum to showcase and preserve Andover’s rich 350-year history. The research center in this facility is absolutely incredible, and I’ve learned so much about Andover in the short months I’ve spent digging through old photographs.
Thank you to the staff at the Society for giving me the best and most interesting summer I could have imagined. Thank you Debbie and Carrie for all your support and research help. I can’t wait to come visit you guys, especially at the Farmer’s Market! This blog has taught me so much about the town I am lucky to call my home. Thanks for reading