T-shape; 3-bay facade; narrow end chimney; Italianate porch encloses 20th c. entry vestibule; 2/2 window sash, Interesting complex of farmhouse and outbuildings intact on commanding hill-top site. 19th and 20th c. alterations (particularly at facade) detract from solid proportions and clean lines of original design.
This 1 1/2 story farmhouse with ell was most likely clapboarded when built. Corner boards and Greek Revival banding removed during re-shingling.
Former owners: O'Hara, Joseph & Richard
Themes: agricultural, architectural, community development
This property was once owned by Thomas C. Foster, Esquire of Andover who sold this six acre 17 pole pasture land to Paschal Abbott and brother Abel Abbott on Sept. 17, 1828. The Abbott brothers formed the company Paschal Abbot & Co. and operated a mill on the Shawsheen River where Dundee Park is located today. The Abbots shared a 75 acre farm at 51 & 53 Red Spring Rd., now most of the land occupied by the high school campus. Their business failed in 1843 during a recession.
Their property was taken by creditors and this 6 acre parcel was sold to Abiel Russell. The pasture land remained with the Russel family for 35 years. Lydia Russell sod the parcel to Caroline O'Hara, wife of Thomas P. O'Hara for $150 on Dec. 11, 1877. A second parcel near West Parish Church was also included in the sale. Caroline held just one year then selling to Charles O'Hara for $150.
Charles O'Hara had the home built on the crest of the hill facing south with a commanding view of the Indian Ridge eskar beyond. This spot was also created by the glacial ice sheet receding and leaving course sand deposits in a ridge formation called eskers.
Charles O'Hara was born on May 12, 1838 in Ireland and immigrated to the US in 1865. He was married in Ireland to Elizabeth Tyner b. May 25, 1842 in Ireland. Charles and Eliza had two daughters, Elizabeth b. July 12, 1862 and Mary A. b. Apr. 1865 in Ireland. Eliza and the girls immigrated to Andover in 1867. They would have six more children born in Andover; John Dean b. 1872 - d.1876, Robert W. b. 1875, Grace b. 1878 - d.1878, Benjamin T. b. Feb. 1881, Caroline b. Dec. 1882 and Arthur T. born March 21, 1884.
Charles was a farmer and lived here until his death on May 6, 1923. His wife Eliza died on Mar. 4, 1920. Most of their children remained on the O'Hara farm and worked locally. Grace and Arthur T were the last of this generation to live in the house. Grace died in 1943 and Arthur T. in 1957. Arthur willed the property to Joseph C. O'Hara and Richard O'Hara who placed it in a trust. The property was rented as income property.
Joseph O'Hara released to Richard P. & Athena O'Hara of Weymouth, MA on Jan. 10, 1996.
Yvon Cormier Construction Corp. purchased the O'Hara farm on Jun 7, 1996. Yvon Cormier Construction Corp. then made plans to building a condominium project off Shawsheen Rd. The farm house and outbuilding were demolished and two new house lots on Lincoln St. were created at the time.
Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Ancestry.com - OHara family
Andover Valuation 1870, 1920
See also: Barn Survey AHS files
Thomas C Foster -1828 - land 6 acres 17 poles
Paschal Abbott Sept. 17, 1828 rec. 5/14/1829 - b. 252 leaf 72
Abel & Paschal Abbott - firm Paschal Abbott Co. insolvent
William Johnson Jr. Esq. & Eben Sutton Manuf. - Assignees - April 1842
Abiel Russell - Apr. 13, 1842 - b. 332 leaf 196 - 6 acres
Lydia Russell -
Caroline O'Hara, wife of Thomas - Dec. 11, 1877 - b. 49 p. 219
Charles O'Hara - Mar. 15, 1878 - b. 50 p. 225 - 6 acres
Joseph O'Hara of Boston - Apr. 29, 1879 - b. 55 p. 116 - 5 1/2 acres
Elizabeth O'Hara - May 23, 1881 - b. 64 p. 52 - 5 1/2 acres
Charles O'Hara - Apr. 17, 1899 - b. 168 p. 265 - 5 1/2 acres
Arthur T O'Hara - Jan. 17, 1921 - b. 436 p. 132
Arthur T O'Hara estate, Joseph C. O'Hara heir - 1957 Probate
Joseph C. O'Hara & Richard O'Hara - Mar. 11, 1976 - b. 1278 p. 558
Richard P. & Athena O'Hara - Jan. 10, 1996 - b. 4416 p. 86
Yvon Cormier Construction Corp. - Jun 7, 1996 - b. 4518 p. 391
Yvon Cormier Construction Corp. - Apr. 4, 2001 - b. 6080 p. 224
Ray Von Realty Trust, Raymond Y Cormier - Oct. 27, 2004 - b. 9146 p. 152
E. A. Ventures, LLC - Arthur J. McCabe - Mar. 22, 2005 - b. 9414 p. 126
Ray Von Realty Trust, Raymond Y Cormier - Dec. 31, 2005 - b. 10226 p. 27
Alan Koa & Clarissa M. Rigano - Sept. 18, 2009 - b. 11771 p. 60.
|Place||West Center, West Parish|
|Historic District||Not Applicable|
|Historic Name||O'Hara Farmhouse|
|Source||ERDS, NERDL, style,|
|Outbuildings / Secondary Structures||barn, carriage house, 2 sheds|
|Major Alterations||porch, sash late 19th c.; siding 20th century|
|Demolition Details||razed for development about 2004|
|Acreage||4.2 acres; approx. frontage 175'; approx. distance from street 60'|
|Map and parcel||89-36|
|Recorded by||W. Frontiero, James Batchelder|
|Organization||Andover Preservation Commission|
|Date entered||2/28/1980, 3/19/2018|