Introduction to Haverhill, Massachusetts
Haverhill, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 28 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is located along the Merrimack River and includes attractive historic architecture, especially of the Victorian style. Haverhill offers an active downtown and features picturesque farms and scenic lakes. It's part of the Essex Natural Heritage Area.
The town was originally a farming community and later developed into a prominent industrial center. During the 18th century the tanneries, shipping industry as well as ship building were flourishing. In the past, Haverhill had a thriving hat production industry. It was incorporated as a city in 1870. The municipality was home to a branch of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Haverhill included a prominent shoe industry during the early 1900's. The municipality was the location of the original Macy's store.
- Tattersall Farm is a natural conservation area featuring trails for walking and cross-country skiing.
- John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead was the birthplace of the notable poet and abolitionist.
- Winnekenni Castle has a medieval-style appearance and hosts indoor and outdoor cultural events.
- The Buttonwoods Museum features native American relics and a vast number of collectibles.
- Dustin Garrison House.
- Haverhill Antique Market.
- Kimball Farm.
- September Fest.
- Statue of Hanna Duston.
- Pentucket Arts Center.
- Kids Fest includes rides, games and a variety of activities.
- Washington Square is known for its restaurants and taverns.
- The business district incldudes numerous specialty shops.
Residents and visitors enjoy the hiking trails along the Merrimack River. The Winnekenni Basin is a scenic destination and provides trails for walking and horseback riding. Golf enthusiasts enjoy playing at the local golf courses. Lake Salronstall is popular for swimming and sailing. Boating along the Merrimack River offers scenic views.
Fishing opportunities are available at the numerous lakes and ponds. The city features a popular indoor ice rink and numerous attractive parks for outdoor activities. The historic cities of Newsburyport, Salem and Portsmouth are nearby. Harold Parker State Forest is a scenic location for hiking and horseback riding. Residents enjoy skiing at Bradford which is close by.
Haverhill Higher Education
The city is home to the Northern Essex Community College.
The MTBA Commuter Rail and Amtrak offer transportation to Boston.