Property Gain Marks Second Half of Andover Historical Society’s 40 Years

Land, freight shed, school house

By Cheryl Swenson

The second half of the Andover Historical Society’s 40 years began with the addition of three new properties.   In 2003, the Historical Society accepted a gift of a tract of land on Route 11 from Dalbello Sports Company near what is now the Millennium Moving Company.  Two months later, the Historical Society officially accepted the […]

Author Shares A Piece of Andover History from Book “Beech Hill”

By Galen Beale

The Andover Historical Society recently received a donation of 50 journals written by Wendell Elkins, the son of Hervey Elkins, who is the focus of the Beech Hill story.   Wendell Elkins grew up on a farm on Beech Hill in Andover. Beech Hill was a closely knit farming community overlooking Mount Kearsarge. The farm was […]

Florence Clarke Gove Celebrates 100th Birthday in July

Request for cards for surprise card shower

By Beryl Gove Sanborn
Florence Clarke Gove Celebrates 100th Birthday in July

Note: This article about Florence Clarke Gove was written by Dorothy O. Ford in January of 1997. Florence Gove’s daughter, Beryl Gove Sanborn, asked that it be reprinted in honor of her mother’s 100th birthday this month. At the end, there is information about sending cards to Florence. Florence Clarke was born in North Raynham, […]

Andover Historical Society Celebrates 40th Anniversary

A review of the first 20 years

By Cheryl Swenson

In Potter Place lies a classic Victorian Style rural passenger train station built by the Northern Railroad in 1874. It was an important link to other communities and businesses during its time of operation.  Today, the station serves as the headquarters and museum for the Andover Historical Society. This Railroad Station complex is the heart […]

New Book, Beech Hill, Follows the Elkins Family of Andover

Book for sale at Andover Historical Society

By Galen Beale
New Book, Beech Hill, Follows the Elkins Family of Andover

 Beech Hill follows the Elkins family who lived on Beech Hill in Andover for five generations.  Much of the information in the book is taken from a set of 50 journals written by Wendell P. Elkins and recently donated to the Andover Historical Society. Captain Samuel Elkins, a Revolutionary soldier, settled on Beech Hill in […]

Elbo-Edge 100th Anniversary Gathering Retraces Memories

Cabin project required lots of local help

By Bardsley Family

 A group of Elbo-Edge guests, employees, descendants of employees, family members, and the great-grandson of the real estate agent who arranged a big sale in 1922 joined Bill Bardsley at the corner of Elbow Pond Road and Franklin Highway at 5 PM on May 3. It was the 100th anniversary of the first ride on […]

Historical Society Exhibit Features Tuttle Family and Descendants

In Potter Place from Memorial Day to Columbus Day

By Donna Baker-Hartwell
Historical Society Exhibit Features Tuttle Family and Descendants

The Andover Historical Society will present an exhibit of photos, memorabilia, furniture, and household items from Weare Drake Tuttle and his descendants, as well as paintings and crafts by his daughter, Stella Tuttle Thompson. The exhibit will be on display in the JC Emons Store Museum at the Andover Historical Society in Potter Place from […]

Attempt at Title Restrictions on the Emery Place Fails

Legal shenanigans thwart daughter's intentions

By Ed Hiller
Attempt at Title Restrictions on the Emery Place Fails

Ralph Chaffee, in his book “East Andover and Its People Fifty Years Ago and Today,” includes a history of one of Andover’s very earliest settlers, Captain William Emery in 1764-65.  His settlement has become known as the William B. Emery place at 363 Chase Hill Road (formerly known as Emery Road).   Chaffee stated that […]

Highland Lake Grange Was Built to Provide Secondary Education

Formerly known as the "Highland Lake Institute"

By Susan Norris

NB: Most of the quotations in this article come from Ralph Chaffee’s monograph about this building; some are from the school catalog. Anyone who drives through East Andover notes the white church on the hill and may even know that the quaint, white building next door was the Highland Lake Grange. What one may not […]

Rita Norander Remembers Her Father on Armistice Day

Benne LaPlante served in World War I

By Rita Norander
Rita Norander Remembers Her Father on Armistice Day

Each year on Armistice Day, I am especially reminded of my father, Benne LaPlante, and his service to our country during World War I.  (The name Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, so as to honor all veterans who fought in US wars.) When the United States entered World War I in […]

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