Settled in 1642, Andover, Massachusetts offers a lively downtown Main Street full of cafes and boutiques, picturesque hiking trails and beautiful period architecture. All this and more with that classic New England small town charm only 30 minutes from Boston.
1. THE ARCHITECTURE
Tradition maintains that 7 Salem Street is on-site of oldest building on Andover Hill, circa 1801. Andover, Massachusetts offers a fine collection of First Period Colonial homes, such as the Benjamin Abbot House (1685) to Italianate, with the Benjamin Punchard House (1846) as an example. For guided tours of the Amos Blanchard House, visit the Andover Historical Society.
2. THE HIKING
Hidden from plain sight on the grounds of Phillips Academy, Cochran Wildlife Sanctuary offers plentiful trails for walking, jogging and cross country skiing across 65 acres of woodlands and ponds. Bring Fido!
3. THE COCKTAILS
For one of the best hand-crafted cocktails in the Andovers, look no further than the historic Andover Inn at Phillips Academy. Enjoy your favorite libation alfresco on the patio or warm up fireside in the casually elegant lobby during the cooler months.
4. THE HISTORY
Established in 1778 during the American Revolution, the uber-selective Phillips Academy is the oldest incorporated school in the United States. The historic campus is home to a handful of historic outposts, including Samuel Phillips Hall, named after the academy's founder.
5. THE ART
Created in 1931 with an extensive collection of over 17,000 objects spanning the 18th century to present, Addison Gallery of American Art, offers both permanent collection installations and major traveling exhibitions. Be sure to check out Addison Gallery's famed model ship collection in the lower level. Free admission and open to the public.