Initially settled in 1636 under the Native American name of Cochichawicke, Andover, Massachusetts, is an affluent Essex County suburban community located approximately 23 miles north of Boston. Situated on the banks of the pristine Merrimack River, Andover is bisected by numerous highways and secondary roadways and serviced by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
Although manufacturing played a vital role in the town’s early development, Andover today sustains several regional offices for multinational technology companies like Philips North America, Pfizer, Inc., Raytheon Technologies, Vicor Corporation, and Mercury Systems. This quiet town of over 35,000 residents is also world-renowned for being the location of Philips Academy– one of the oldest and most prestigious independent secondary “prep” schools in the U.S.
Along with its forward-thinking government and highly rated public schools, popular attractions around Andover include Ward Reservation, Pomps Pond, Andover Village Shopping Mall, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and Oak & Iron Brewing Company. Downtown Andover is a vibrant area filled with coffeehouses, unique shops and restaurants, and beautiful, clean parks.
As one of the oldest settlements in Northeastern Massachusetts, Andover has a rich and storied history dating back to the early 17th Century. While attending the Andover Theological Seminary in 1831, the patriotic song America was written by Samuel Francis Smith. As a result, Andover is often referred to as the “Home of America.”