“Stories from the Trails” Historical Hike on Sunday, May 15th 1:00pm
Presented By the Andover Trails Committee and Andover Historical Society

The Andover Trails Committee and the Andover Historical Society are teaming up once again to deliver a multi-part hike series this summer called “Stories from the Trails.” This hike series features both the natural beauty and unique geology of various Andover properties, as well as the colorful stories of the history related to each property and the surrounding area. 

This first hike, which is free and open to the public, is this Sunday, May 15th at 1:00pm at Pole Hill on Pole Hill Drive in Andover. Jane Cairns from the Andover Historical Society and John Petty will share colorful stories tied to the reservation and surrounding area.  This hike consists of relatively easy walking and will take about 2 hours.  Ample parking is available on Pole Hill Drive, which is off Tewksbury Street in Andover.

Here's a sneak preview of what you'll see and hear about on the May 15th Pole Hill hike: 
Up river from the Ballardvale Dam was “the Shawsheen Grove” – a popular tourist destination in the later years of the 19th century, where visitors could picnic, dance under the stars, swim, or paddle rented boats and canoes on the river. The Boston and Maine Railroad promoted day excursions from Boston, but by 1893, the crowds began to be large and unruly. A deadly “duel” at the Grove in August 1900, and the sensational murder trial that followed, threatened to put an end to the merry-making, but the 20th century brought new attractions including the dance hall “Parker’s on the Shawsheen” and the Serio family’s “Miami Boathouse.”

For more information on this hike, or to learn about other events and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.andovertrails.org or email David Bunting, Andover Trails Committee at [email protected]