Located on the banks of the Merrimack River, the town of Andover is located in Essex County in the northeastern part of Massachusetts, approximately 23 miles north of Boston.

Originally settled in 1636 under the Native American name of Cochichawicke, a local waterway, the community was incorporated in 1646 as the Town of Andover.

Andover is known globally for being the home of one of the oldest and most prestigious independent secondary preparatory schools in the U.S. – Phillips Academy.

Cultural attractions abound, including a varity of performing arts, museums, and historical sites. Professional minor league baseball and hockey can be viewed nearby. Whether hitting the links at one of the area’s world class golf courses, hiking or cross country skiing along the many trails running through conservation lands, or canoeing along the pristine Shawsheen River, there’s something for everyone. Harold Parker State Forest provides an additional 3,000 acres of open space for fishing, camping, biking, and horseback riding.

The patriotic song America was written in 1831 by Samuel Francis Smith while attending the Andover Theological Seminary. Andover is often referred to as the “Home of America.”