29 River Road

Architectural Description: 

Architectural Significance:
This complex of three 20th-century structures originally consisted of a residence, printing shop, and a two-story "mansard" roofed barn to the rear, all built on the site of an earlier farm project. The shop and barn have been converted to residences within the last 30 years. The original residence, closest to the road, is a simple single-story gabled-roofed frame structure with a center entry. The shop, slightly to the rear, is a smaller one-story structure, a single room deep, set with its gable end to the road. An enclosed frame porch was added in its conversion to a residence. The former barn iwas two stories in height, of square plan, with a distinctive bell-cast mansard roof, suggesting that it may have been moved to this location from somewhere. In its conversion to a residence, one story wings were added to the east and west sides. Both the barn and residence sit on large rubble stone foundations, suggesting that the present buildings may have utilized portions of the original Nathan Shattuck farm complex.

Historical Narrative: 

Historical significance: This was the site of the Nathan Shattuck homestead which was completely destroyed by fire in October 1906. Nathan Shattuck (1797 - 1866?) was a West Andover farmer. He represented the town in the state legislature in 1834, and the same year married Mary Fiske Abbott. They had eight children, six of whom were daughters. The two youngest, Sarah and Augusta, inherited the family homestead, which they sold to Mary Donovan in 1881.

Mary Donovan was born in Ireland, and was the widow of Timothy Donovan (1828 - ), who had come to Boston in 1848 and then to Lawrence just before the great dam was finished. About 1862 they had moved to the West Parish and lived on Haggett's Pond. It must have been after Timothy's death, that the widow purchased the old Shattuck farm.

In 1889, Albert A. Hardy (1860 - 1942) purchased the farm, then an estate of 68 acres. Albert was born Nov. 6, 1855 in Andover, son of William & Susan Welles (Robinson) Hardy. Albert married on Nov. 22, 1881 to Mary Elizabeth Livingston b. 1851, dau. of Asa W. & Elizabeth Livingston of Tewksbury. They had two children Blanche Jennie b. June 1883 and Albert W. b. Apr. 1887. Mary died in 1890 and Albert married again on April 21, 1891 to Mary E. McKinley b. Dec. 225, 1860 in PEI dau. of Jon & Katherine (McKennan) McKinley. Albert & Mary had two daughters Helen K. b. Nov. 26, 1893 and Annie A. b. Dec. 11, 1897 - d. Jan. 6, 1911. The entire farm complex burned October 26, 1906. As a tract of land, without buildings, Hardy sold it to Frances Craig, who may have constructed the present buildings on the site. We know that Hardy remained living at River Rd. the rest of his life with wife Mary. House numbers were not assigned until after WWII. Albert died in 1943 and Mary in 1953. The Hardy family are interred at West Parish Garden Cemetery.

Frances Craig (1870 - 1952), a spinster, ran a small printing business from River Road, and constructed the smallest of the three buildings on the site as a printing shop. The present owners acquired the property after her death in 1952.

Charlotte Helen Abbott reported that what had been known as the Shattuck homestead had in fact been constructed by Lieut. Jonathan Abbott, who occupied it until he died in 1830. "There was at one time a large hall in the house, where dances were held on Election nights and Thanksgiving Days".

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Charlotte Helen Abbott, "Settlers and Old Home sites in West Parish", typescript in the Andover Historical Society.
Lemuel Shattuck, "Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck" (Boston 1955), pg. 354.
"Fire Destroys Historic Homestead", newspaper clipping 26 Oct 1906, Shattuck file, Andover Historical Society.
"Albert A. Hardy", Andover Townsman, 10 Dec 1942, pg. 17
"Frances Craig", Andover Townsman 12 Jun 1952, pg. 14.

Owners:
Nathan Shattuck
Augusta P. Jenkins, wife of Omar -
Mary Donovan - Apr. 22, 1881 - b. 63 p. 480
John J. Donovan & Timothy F. Donovan - Apr. 26, 1886 - b. 85 p. 352
Albert A. Hardy, wife Mary E. - May 23, 1889 - b. 100 p. 396
Frances J. Craig - June 6, 1907 - June 6, 1907 - b. 246 p. 552
Frances J. Craig estate, Irving R. Craig, Extr. - July 29, 1953 - b. 778 p. 512 - Probate
Leo J. & Marjorie L. Bibeau & Guy Bibeau - - July 29, 1953 - b. 778 p. 512
Leo J. & Marjorie L. Bibeau, Lorenzo J. & Maria Bibeau, Guy Bibeau - Aug. 9, 1954 - b. 796 p. 479
Leo J. & Marjorie L. Bibeau, Lorenzo J. & Maria Bibeau, Guy Bibeau- Oct. 8, 1956 - b. 842 p. 487
Leo J. & Marjorie L. Bibeau, Lorenzo J. & Maria Bibeau, Guy & Catherine Bibeau - Jan. 13, 1967 - b. 1075 p. 439
Aldea (Maria) M. Bibeau - to Paul J. Bibeau - Nov. 8, 1991 - b. 3345 p. 49
WM Specialty Mortgage, LLC - Oct. 11, 2007 - b. 10939 p. 9?

Inventory Data:

StreetRiver Rd
PlaceWest Parish - West Andover - North School District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Present UseResidence
Original UseResidence, shop & barn
Construction Datec. 1910
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleOther
Foundationstone
Wall/TrimAsphalt shingles & c??
Roofasphalt - gable
Conditionfair
Acreageless than one acre; acreage 3.2 acres
Setting19th century farm site close to main road, now returning to woods
Map and parcel126-7
Recorded byPeter H. Stott; Org.:BU OPA, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society - Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered25 Oct 1987, 1/22/2016

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