125 River Road
Site of History 🛈The Site of History tag is given to properties that were lost before this building survey was undertaken.

Architectural Description: 

Style: Georgian

Other features:
site & buildings were endangered by industrialization and highway development.

Historical Narrative: 

Former owner: Catherine Shattuck, estate - J. A. Dolten, Trustees (August 1977)

Original owner: Land originally C. L. Dudley Bradstreet,
house of Joseph Shattuck

Themes: Aboriginal, Agricultural, Architectural, Community development, Exploration/settlement, Recreation

Historical significance: Land believed to be part of Col. Dudley Bradstreet's farm, part of which came into possession of Sarah Farnum, wife of Benjamin Abbot, - and then to sons, David and Jonathan Abbot. Jonathan's daughter, Phebe, was married to Joseph Shattuck Jr.. Thus, Shattucks have occupied since 1807.

Bailey says, Joseph Shattuck "bought farm in West Andover near Merrimack River" 1728. His sons, Revolutionary War soldiers, Capt. Joseph and Capt. Nathan settled within mile of each other on their father's lands. Both were selectmen, representatives to legislature. This was Joseph's homestead.

About 1941, Edward Shattuck retired from business in Boston and devoted himself to restoring this farm. He became known for prize turkeys, which he fed bananas and his Holstein cattle. He restored the houses and opened #129 as Shattuck Farm Tea House.

Indian village once on site. Many artifacts from archeological digs here - now in Peabody Museum, Andover.

Fire damage, the northwest section of the house at #129 in July 1977.


see 1980 National Register nomination for updated information

Andover Historical Society files / early deeds 1723 / 1724

Bailey, Sarah Loring; "Historical Sketches of Andover", 1880 p. 155, 364-365, 367, 369

Glennie, George etal; "Historic Andover", 325th Anniversary, 1646 - 1971, Andover Historical Society, 1971

Goldsmith, Bessie; "Historical Houses in Andover" - compiled for Tercentenary of Andover, Historical Society, 1946

Inventory Data:

StreetRiver Rd
PlaceWest Parish - West Andover
Historic DistrictIndividual National Register Listing
Historic NameAbbott - Shattuck Farm
Present Useresidence - now abandoned except for care taker - fate is uncertain
Original Usefarm/residence
Construction Dateca. 1728
Architectural StyleGeorgian
Foundationstone & granite
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresfine barn, sheds
Major Alterationsrestored after 1941
Move Details239 High Plain Road in 1982
Acreagefrontage: 181.95'
Map and parcel165-1A
Recorded byN.J. Stack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Commission
Date entered1975-1977, 6/2014