The Andover Poor Farm

By Ed Hiller
The Andover Poor Farm

In earlier times, towns such as Andover had the moral and legal obligation to assist those townspeople in need of financial or physical support.  How the Town, rather than the County, State, or Federal Government, fulfilled its duty is a story that spans the years from the Town’s beginnings in the 18th century through most […]

John Hodgson’s Book on Richard Potter Still in the News

More "Potter events" planned

By John Hodgson

John Hodgson’s new book on Richard Potter continues to win attention.  Recently he spoke about it in Keene to the Historical Society of Cheshire County (April 23) and then in Concord to the New Hampshire Historical Society (May 5).  He also discussed Richard Potter’s life with students and staff at Proctor Academy. The book was […]

 Richard Potter Featured in New Exhibit at AHS Museum

By Larry Chase
 Richard Potter Featured in New Exhibit at AHS Museum

A new Andover Historical Society exhibit focuses on the life and times of Richard Potter, “America’s first black celebrity,” who made his home in Andover from 1815 until his death in 1835.   Artifacts are on display in the exhibit room of the Potter Place railroad station and in a storefront window of the Emons general […]

A Secret Garden in Potter Place

By Pat Cutter, Andover Historical Society
A Secret Garden in Potter Place

Potter Place was a very busy village within the Town of Andover in the early 1900’s.  It was a railroad hub and had a large hotel, two village stores, a livery stable and many homes, large and small.  In the early 1800’s, before the Northern Railroad came to town, it was a quiet backwater and […]

Historical Society offers  annual fund-raising raffle

By Larry Chase
Historical Society offers  annual fund-raising raffle

The Andover Historical Society’s annual summer raffle will be a little different from those of past  years. Instead of a basket of donated gifts, the lucky 2018 winner will walk away with $100 worth of New Hampshire Lottery tickets! Proceeds from this fundraiser help with the everyday expenses of the Historical Society’s museum facilities in […]

Another Glimpse of Life at the Turn of the Century

By Rita Norander
Another Glimpse of Life at the Turn of the Century

Another Glimpse of Life at the Turn of the Century ANOTHER GLIMPSE of LIFE at the TURN of the 2Oth CENTURY Part 2 INTRODUCTION This is the last in a series of five articles which give a glimpse into the life and times of the Robie family of East Andover. In my previous article, we […]

Ken Cushing to Speak on Northern Railroad’s Impact on Franklin on May 3

At Franklin Historical Society Museum

Ken Cushing to Speak on Northern Railroad’s Impact on Franklin on May 3

On Thursday, May 3 at 7 PM the Franklin Historical Society offers a fascinating talk by renowned railroad historian Ken Cushing. Cushing will discuss the evolution and importance of the Northern Railroad to Franklin’s development and economic impact as an industrial center. An efficient rail service was essential in the horse and buggy era, allowing ease […]

Volunteer Needed for “50 Years Ago in Andover”

Do you miss this feature?

By Steve Foley

We have heard from our readers that they enjoyed the “50 Years Ago” article that appeared each month for many years in the Beacon. Heather Makechnie volunteered to gather and edit the Andover News that appeared in the Franklin Journal Transcript each week back in the day. She did it every month for many years. […]

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