Bordered by parks, rivers, and state forests, Andover is a scenic region located north of Boston. According to Andover's official town website,
"Andover was originally settled in 1636 under the Native American name of Cochichawicke, a local waterway. The community was incorporated in 1646 as the Town of Andover, named after a town in England where many of its settlers had come from."
The Town of Andover is located in northeastern Massachusetts in Essex County. Just 23 miles north of Boston, this community has evolved into a highly desirable location. There is easy access to two major highways, routes 93 and 495, and secondary roadways, including routes 28, 133, 114, and 125, giving residents easy access to commutes.
Andover is located on the banks of the Merrimack River and is bordered by the cities of Methuen and Lawrence in the north, the Town of North Andover in the east, the Towns of North Reading and Wilmington in the south, and the Towns of Tewksbury and Dracut in the west.
Manufacturing has played a major part in Andover's development, with the region's first powder mill established in 1775.
Andover is known for being the home of one of the oldest and most prestigious independent secondary "prep" schools in the U.S. - Phillips Academy, founded in 1770 by Samuel Phillips. Today, Phillips Academy has an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students. Notable Phillips Academy alumni include former President George Bush, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock, former Yale President and baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, and former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr.
Did you know that Andover is often referred to as the "Home of America"? According to Andover's official town website,
"The patriotic song America was written in 1831 by Samuel Francis Smith while attending the Andover Theological Seminary. Andover is often referred to as the "Home of America.""
Cultural attractions in Andover include various performing arts, museums, and historical sites. Professional hockey and baseball teams play at nearby venues for residents to go and enjoy games.
Andover also offers a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Hit the links at one of Andover's three world-class golf courses, one public course, Rolling Green Golf Course, or become a member at one of the two private courses, Andover Country Club or Indian Ridge Country Club. Take advantage of the many hiking or cross-country skiing trails running through conservation lands or canoe along the pristine Shawsheen River.
The Harold Parker State Forest provides 3,000 acres of open space for fishing, camping, biking, and horseback riding. The Town also operates Pomp's Pond, a family and youth recreation area, during the summer months. Activities at Pomp's Pond include boat rentals, a children's playground, recreational and instructional swimming, volleyball, and picnic tables. There's something for everyone!
Andover is a highly desirable community, as it is widely regarded for its high-quality schools and community spirit. The town offers a full range of housing options. From high-end single family homes to low and moderate income ownership and rental opportunities, Andover has a place for everyone. Historically, Andover has had a strong real estate market.
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