The first permanent settlement in the Andover area was established in 1641 by John Woodbridge by a group of settlers from Newbury and Ipswich. Shortly after their arrival, they purchased a piece of land from the local Pennacook tribal chief, Cutshamache, for the price of “six pounds of currency and a coat” and on the condition that Roger, a local Pennacook man, would still be allowed to plant his corn and take alewives from a local water source. Roger’s Brook, a small stream which cuts through the eastern part of town, is named in his honor.
During the Salem witch trials in 1692, Andover resident Joseph Ballard asked for help for his wife from several girls in the neighboring Salem Village who were already identifying witches there. After visiting Elizabeth Ballard, the girls claimed that several people in Andover had bewitched her: Ann Foster, her daughter Mary Lacey Sr. and her granddaughter Mary Lacey Jr. During the course of the legal proceedings, more than 40 Andover citizens, mostly women and their children, were formally accused of having made a covenant with the Devil. Three Andover residents, Martha Carrier, Mary Parker, and Samuel Wardwell, were convicted and executed.
Present day, Andover is home to some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country. Phillips Academy Andover is one of the oldest incorporated high schools in the United States and has the fourth largest endowment of any secondary school in the country. The Pike School, a private middle school, is located a mile away from Phillips Academy and is considered one of their “feeder” schools.
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