For my final entry on Photo of the Week, I have decided to write about Amos Blanchard, for whom the Blanchard House was named.
The Blanchard family were all French Protestants, emigrating from what records suggest to be Normandy. Amo’s ancestor, Thomas Blanchard, was for whom Haggett’s Pond was orginally named. Amos was the son of Joshua Blanchard, and was born in 1773 in New Hampshire. At the age of 14, Amos was sent back to Andover to live on the Phillips Academy Campus. He stayed with his uncle, and at the age of 18, he became an assitant to the school’s founder, Samuel Phillips. In 1802, the year his uncle died, Blanchard married Elizabeth Jenkins, and continued to live on campus. Eventually, he and Jenkins started to board students as there were no dorms back then. Amos, in 1804, started a job of surverying, and by 1807, was buying and selling large amounts of Andover land.
Amos was named moderator of the South Parish Church in 1812, which was a prestigious status. He served as treasurer and trustee from 1815-1847. However, Blanchard is most well-known for his purchase of large property, the Blanchard House, in 1818. He added a barn to the house, and designed the house further. This cost a total of 3, 250 dollars. This property is now the home of the Andover Historical Society. Blanchard died in 1847, as one of the most successful men in Andover.
Thanks to everyone who has been reading these blog posts the last year. I enjoyed writing them, as I learned a lot about Andover history, and I hope the readers did too!