History Buzz

Andover Center for History & Culture
History through a local lens...in this case, Andover, Massachusetts, but it could be any town, really. Fun, relevant, real stories, What’s It Wednesdays, Miscellany Mondays, and much more.
Created 21 Jan 2021
  • Andover Bewitched: Andover's Accused (Part II)
    17 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 3 7
    This week, I’ll continue our list of Andover accused with the hope of adding to and expanding on the list of all those accused of witchcraft in Andover and their stories. Check out Part I, featuring 1...
  • Mystery Mondays: The Pierce Family (part 2)
    15 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 4 4
    I know that last week I hinted that I would dig into the Mystery Mondays story about 47 Central Street being where President Pierce’s administrative staff stayed when he was in Andover. As we learned ...
  • What's It Wednesday- In honor of Veterans Day
    10 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 4
    This is not just any drum. This drum is 160 years old and has a very special story. Civil War Drum ACHC Collection #2012.043.1 This drum belonged to George Means Smart, a drummer with Company H 14th M...
  • Mystery Mondays: The Summer White House (part 1)
    08 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 2
    There’s a house on Central Street in Andover that has been referred to as “The Summer Whitehouse” for many years. And the house across the street was said to be used for offices, where the administrat...
  • Andover Bewitched: Andover's Accused Witches (Part I)
    03 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Why were there so many people accused of witchcraft in Andover? Part of the reason was the massive town-wide “touch test,” a search for possible witches, which brought accusations against 18 people. A...
  • Miscellany Mondays: Artwork by a local legend
    01 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 2
    I’m working on a story that just isn’t ready for publication yet, so today I’m sharing some fall scenes by Andover legend and artist Bessie Goldsmith. Pumpkin by Bessie Goldsmith, ACHC #1992.114.38 Be...
  • What's It Wednesday - Creepy Collection Items
    27 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    This is a Coffin Plate. We have several of them in our collection. But no coffins! Ida Maria Woodbridge Died Aug 19th 1867 Aged 11 yr 11 mos 13 dys ACHC #1983.080.10 Coffin plates are small metal plat...
  • Miscellany Mondays: Hallowe'en 1951
    25 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    In the weeks leading up to Halloween in 1951, the Andover Townsman newspaper reported with great enthusiasm and fanfare about the third annual community Hallowe’en parade. There were to be small neigh...
  • Andover Bewitched: The Bradstreet Family
    20 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Members of the Bradstreet family were founders of Massachusetts Bay Colony and of Andover. In 1692, as the witch trials broke out, two brothers were caught up on opposites sides: Dudley Bradstreet was...
  • Miscellany Mondays: Skeet shooting & bird dogs
    18 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 4
    Our story begins with William Harnden Foster (1886-1942). William (Bill) Harnden Foster was born in Andover in 1886. His parents had moved from Tewksbury 3 years before and purchased a farm at 61 Port...
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