Welcome to North Andover Massachusetts
North Andover Massachusetts was selected by Money Magazine in 2003 as the Fifth Best Community to live in on the East Coast.
The Town of North Andover is located in Essex County in the northeastern part of Massachusetts on the banks of the Merrimack River and approximately 24 miles from Boston. North Andover is bordered by the towns of Andover, North Reading, Boxford, and Middleton and the cities of Methuen, Haverhill, and Lawrence – covering almost 27 square miles.
Reverend John Woodbridge paid to Indian Chief Cutshmache six pounds and a coat for Cochichewick Plantation in 1646. The Great Seal of the Town of North Andover depicts Lake Cochichewick meaning place of great cascades. This was soon changed to Andover in honor of Andover, England, the birthplace of the original freeholders. The dispute over location of church sites came before the General Court in 1709 and the North Parish and South Parish were established. The growth of the two different communities of interest led finally to the separation of the two parishes on April 7, 1855, into two distinct townships. North Andover has always cherished its North Parish roots.
Water power provided the resource needed to establish the Scholfield Mill, located at the corner of Sutton and Main Streets, in 1802 and now occupied by the North Andover Thrift Shop. Nathaniel Stevens began operation of the Stevens Mill in 1813 and prospered until 1960. The North Andover Mills were in operation from 1820 to 1899. The Davis & Furber Machine Company provided the machinery that kept the textile mills industry here and abroad thriving. The founding fathers saw the need for industrial enterprises for the economic health of the community. The Western Electric Company chose North Andover for its Merrimack Valley Works in 1956 and provided the backbone for the industrial and engineering industry for telephone communication, finally as Lucent Technologies into the 1990s. This commitment to attracting and retaining a strong business base is alive and well in North Andover today.
The Town of North Andovers government is committed to providing innovative, responsive, and efficient government to all our citizens. Our Town Charter, enacted in 1986, provides for an Open Town Meeting Board of Selectmen – Town Manager form of government. An elected five-member Board of Selectmen oversees the governance of the Town. An appointed professional Town Manager supervises Town departments and divisions. The public school system receives policy direction from a five-member elected School Committee and is administered by an appointed Superintendent. North Andovers legislative body, our Open Town Meeting, is a rich New England tradition. This forum allows all registered voters the ability to bring forward and vote on all matters brought before it. The facilitator of the meeting is the elected Town Moderator who conducts the meeting according to established rules and procedures. The Moderator appoints a nine-member Finance Committee who advises Town Meeting on the matters brought before it. Appointed boards and committees have specific responsibilities for administering state and local procedures.
The Town of North Andover is home to almost 30,000 people. The Town is proud to provide excellent full-time police and fire service. Street maintenance, curbside solid waste and recycling services, hazardous waste and drop-off recycling, and snow removal are administered by our Department of Public Works. The Stevens Memorial Library provides a full range of services to its patrons. The Department of Youth Services operates recreational opportunities at Stevens Pond and extensive programs from our Youth Center located in the Old Center. A vibrant Senior Center, located behind Town Hall on Main Street, provides services, programs, and assistance to over 6,000 seniors. Our Community Development Division oversees public health, natural resource protection, building services, zoning and planning issues, and business development. Our award-winning Water Treatment Plant and operation provides residents and businesses with an outstanding product. Our renovated Town Hall, located at 120 Main Street, houses our administrative offices. The Town Manager, Selectmens Office, Town Accountant, Assessors Office, Tax Collector, Veterans Services, and Town Clerks Office are there to provide the efficient, professional service you need.
North Andover takes great pride in providing excellent education for all our students. All five elementary schools, our Middle School, North Andover High School, and the Greater Lawrence Technical School, reflect our rich tradition and accomplishments. Community growth necessitated school building projects to meet its expanding needs. These projects included the new Annie Sargent Elementary School, the new Thomson School, a complete renovation of our Middle School, and the new North Andover High School and stadium. The North Andover High School Scarlet Knights of today carry on a rich tradition of competition and sportsmanship through all its athletic endeavors. The North Andover High School Marching Band, Chorus, Drama, Arts Programs, and other extra-curricular activities provide excellent learning opportunities and experiences.
Merrimack College, a private college, opened in 1947 and now has over 2000 students. Brooks School, opened in 1926 and located on the shores of Lake Cochichewick, is a co-educational boarding and day school with over 340 students.
The Town of North Andover is dedicated to serving residents and to creating a community in which residents may join together for the common good. The Towns purpose is to offer services and a government that provide for the general welfare, education, and public safety of its residents. ~The administration of the Town fosters this commitment to community by delivering municipal services in a professional, cost-effective manner through prompt, courteous, and equitable service and by insuring that the publics business is conducted with the highest level of integrity.
The Town of North Andover looks forward to a rich and prosperous future in the spirit of our historic past. Come visit and see that we are truly a Town for All Seasons.