History of the town of Andover
Andover was first established by a group of Newbury and Ipswich residents in 1641. The town was officially named Andover in May of 1646. It is believed to be named after Andover, England, where some of the first residents of Andover came from. Andover’s history can be summed up in about 7 words, “the Hill, the Mill and the Till,” which represented the jobs residents of Andover had. The academics area was known as the Hill, the location along the Shawsheen River is where you would find your companies, known as the Mill, and the Till had an estimated 75 farms all over town.
"The trails are open year-round and daily from 8am to sunset."
Andover was a small New England town up until the 20th century when highways, commuters, town services and education came about. Several of Andover’s town farms had been given up to housing and industrial developments such as businesses like, Raytheon, Gillette, Hewlett-Packard and many more.
As much as Andover has changed to a more “cosmopolitan look,” since founded in 1641, the town has still kept some of its historical charm found in some of its buildings and homes.
"You can grab a rocking chair and enjoy the nice farmer’s porch."
Town Market Andover
After a nice day out exploring the reservation, you can finish off your day with nice refreshments at the NEWER Andover Town Market over on South Main Street.
They offer prepared foods and sandwiches, local farm products, craft beer and wine, coffee, tea, bakery goods and ice cream!
There is a wonderful café to sit inside by the fireplace, a large patio outdoors or you can grab a rocking chair and enjoy the nice farmer’s porch.
While you’re there, don’t forget to inquire about the other services the town market has to offer!