81 Holt Road

Architectural Description: 

One and one-half story Greek Revival farmhouse with side hall entrance and sidelights. Arched window in front gable peak. Window crowns and paneled corner boards seen on 19th century photograph have been obscured by vinyl siding. Several 19th and 20th c. additions and a large, intact shingled barn at the rear. Drystone wall borders Holt Rd. 1950s greenhouse no longer extant.

Historical Narrative: 

This property was part of the extensive land holdings of the Holt family. Nicholas Holt, one of Andover's earliest settlers, acquired large tracts of land southeast of Andover Center around Holt Hill before 1675.

One-half acre of land was transferred to Samuel Blanchard Holt by his father, Joseph Holt Jr. in 1854 for $75.00. Samuel, one of six children, was identified as a house-wright in the deed. He married Caroline Lucy Abbott (member of another Andover founding family) in 1850 and produced five children. Samuel's father, Joseph, who lived in the adjacent property at 101 Holt Rd., died on July 4, 1866 when he fell from a cherry tree.

The property is identified as belonging to S.B. Holt, carpenter, in the 1885 directory and on the 1888 map.

The property transferred from Samuel Holt to Michael Feeney in 1896, and from Michael Feeney to Mary Feeney (wife of James J. Feeney) in 1901. Joseph B. Feeney sold the property to Alby & Judith Arsenault in 1944. The Arsenaults transferred the property to Herbert F. and Gertrude A. Allicon in 1953.


Essex County Registry of Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Maps - 1830, 1852, 1888, 1906
Andover Directory - 1885
Holt family genealogy files at Andover Historical Society
Andover Vital Records

Joseph Holt Jr. 1854
Samuel Blanchard Holt - April 28, 1854 - b. 507 leaf 47
Michael Feeney, wife Elizabeth - Mar. 4, 1896 - b. 146 p. 182
Mary T. Feeney, wife of James J. - Apr. 30, 1901 - b. 188 p. 25
Mary T. W. Feeney estate, Joseph Byron Feeney, Extr. - Nov. 9, 1944 - Probate
Alby & Judith Arsenault - Nov. 27, 1944 - b. 669 p. 304
Herbert F. & Gertrude Allicon - Sept. 12, 1947 - b. 701 p. 561
Herbert F. Allicon estate, heir Gertrude Allicon
Michael G. & JoAnn Furlong - Dec. 19, 1995 - b. 4404 p. 132
ABN AMRO Mortgage Group Inc. Feb. 10, 2003 - b. 7530 p. 10 mtg. deed
Hagen Hills Investment Trust, LLC - Apr. 18, 2007 - b. 10740 p. 127
Hagen Hills Investment Trust, LLC, Joseph M. Frio Trustee - Feb. 28, 2013 - b. 13365 p. 94

Inventory Data:

StreetHolt Rd
PlaceHolt District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameSamuel B. Holt house
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1854 - 1855
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleGreek Revival
Architect/BuilderSamuel B. Holt / Builder
Wall/Trimclapboards/vinyl siding
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structureslarge barn
Major Alterationsvinyl siding
Acreage0.500 acre
Map and parcel59-20
MHC NumberANV.272
Recorded byLynne Smiledge, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society, Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered2/2007, 4/22/2016