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Haverhill is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 60,879 at the 2010 census.
Located on the Merrimack River, it began as a farming community of Puritans, largely from Newbury Plantation. The land was officially purchased from the Pentuckets on Nov. 15, 1642 (a year after incorporation) for 3 pounds, 10 shillings. Pentucket was renamed Haverhill and would evolve into an important industrial center, beginning with sawmills and gristmills run by water power. In the 18th and 19th century, Haverhill developed woolen mills, tanneries, shipping and shipbuilding. The town was, for many decades, home to a significant shoe-making industry. By the end of 1913, one-tenth of the shoes produced in the United States were made in Haverhill, and, because of this, the town was known for a time as the "Queen Slipper City." The city was also known for the manufacture of hats.
Haverhill has played a role in nearly every era of American history, from the initial colonial settlement to the French and Indian Wars, and the American Revolutionary and Civil wars.
The town was founded in 1640 by settlers from Newbury, and was originally known as Pentucket, which is the Native American word for "place of the winding river." Settlers such as John Ward, Robert Clements, Tristram Coffin, Hugh Sheratt, William White, and Thomas Davis aided in the purchase of land known by Indians as Pentuckett. The land was purchased from native Indian chiefs Passaquo and Saggahew and permission was granted by Passaconaway, chief of the Pennacook's. Settlers, Thomas Hale, Henry Palmer, Thomas Davis, James Davis and William White were its first selectman. First Court appointments; given to end small causes were given to Robert Clements, Henry Palmer and Thomas Hale. At the same court, it was John Osgood and Thomas Hale that were also appointed to lay the way from Haverhill to Andover. It is said that these early settlers worshiped under a large oak tree, known as the "Worshipping Oak."
The town was renamed for the town of Haverhill, England, in deference to the birthplace of the settlement's first pastor, Rev. John Ward. The original Haverhill settlement was located around the corner of Water Street and Mill Street, near the Linwood Cemetery and Burying Ground.
Haverhill is bordered by Merrimac to the northeast, West Newbury and Groveland to the east, Boxford and a small portion of North Andover to the south, Methuen to the southwest, and Salem, Atkinson and Plaistow, New Hampshire, to the north. From its city center, Haverhill is 8 miles northeast of Lawrence, 27 miles southeast of Manchester, New Hampshire, and 32 miles north of Boston.
Haverhill, Massachusetts, gets 45 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 57 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 125.
On average, there are 201 sunny days per year in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The July high is around 84 degrees. The January low is 17. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 50 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
Every new town comes with its own set of adventures. With a town that has a history like this one, you’re sure not just to find what you need, but be in for a treat while doing it!
Ruth's House Inc. – 111 Lafayette Square, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 521-5575
Classic Couple – 97 Washington St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 373-7413
Welfare Records – 58 River St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 374-0777
Flowers By Steve Inc. – 14 Cross Rd, Haverhill, MA 01835 – (978) 521-5696
There’s nothing in Haverhill that can possibly leave you wanting or hungry. From good old Americana to food as unique as its history, you’ll find exotic food from around the globe all huddled up in this not–so–little town we call Haverhill.
Krueger Flatbread – 142 Essex St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 372-3434
Keon's – 105 Washington St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 521-0112
The Grill Next Door – 653 Broadway, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 241-7337
Sparky's Wings and Things – 20 Emerson St, Haverhill, MA 01830 – (978) 521-1009
When you experience the nightlife here, you’re taking pages straight from history. The Peddler’s Daughter gives you the Irish experience while the service at the Barking Dog Ale House allows you to truly relax in an environment surrounded by friends.
Chit Chat Lounge – 103 Washington St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 374-9710
The Lasting Room – 122 Washington St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 373-9088
The Peddler's Daughter – 45 Wingate St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 372-9555
Barking Dog Ale House – 77 Washington St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 914-6200
Haverhill is the home of the main campus of Northern Essex Community College. Until its closing in 2000, Bradford College provided liberal arts higher education in Haverhill. In 2007, it became the new home of the Zion Bible College, now called Northpoint Bible College. Recently, The University of Massachusetts at Lowell (U-Mass Lowell) has announced its intention to locate a satellite campus in Haverhill and has begun teaching several courses at Northern Essex Community College.
Crowell School – 26 Belmont Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830 – (978) 374-3473
Haverhill High School – 137 Monument St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 374-5700
Bradford Elementary School – 118 Montvale St, Haverhill, MA 01835 – (978) 374-2443
Consentino Middle School – 685 Washington St, Haverhill, MA 01832 – (978) 374-5775
Haverhill may seem like it's nothing more than a satellite community, but if you were to look underneath the surface, you would find some of the country’s precious sites that belong permanently implanted in the pages of American history.
Buttonwoods Museum – 240 Water St, Haverhill, MA 01830 – (978) 374-4626
Ski Bradford – 60 S Cross Rd, Haverhill, MA 01835 – (978) 373-0071
John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead – 305 Whittier Rd, Haverhill, MA 01830 – (978) 373-3979
Winnekenni Castle – 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830 – (978) 521-1686
Haverhill is not just important to the people living there. It is a treasured area that marks some of the most momentous occasions in our country’s history. America wouldn’t be the country it is today without Haverhill…simple as that. It may not be mentioned much in the history books, but it has certainly earned the permanent places within its pages.
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