Upcoming Events:




May 15th, 2016
Pole Hill History Hike!

This first hike, which is free and open to the public, is this Sunday, May 15th at 1p at Pole Hill on Pole Hill Drive in Andover. Jane Cairns from the Andover Historical Society and John Petty will share colorful stories tied to the reservation and surrounding area. This hike consists of relatively easy walking and will take about 2 hours. Ample parking is available on Pole Hill Drive, which is off Tewksbury Street in Andover.

Here's a sneak preview of what you'll see and hear about on the May 15th Pole Hill History Hike:

Up river from the Ballardvale Dam was "the Shawsheen Grove" - a popular tourist destination in the later years of the 19th century, where visitors could picnic, dance under the stars, swim, or paddle rented boats and canoes on the river. The Boston and Maine Railroad promoted day excursions from Boston, but by 1893, the crowds began to be large and unruly. A deadly "duel" at the Grove in August 1900, and the sensational murder trial that followed, threatened to put an end to the merry-making, but the 20th century brought new attractions including the dance hall "Parker's on the Shawsheen" and the Serio family's "Miami Boathouse."

Send any questions to David Bunting at
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