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Essex County, Massachusetts

01830, 01832, 01835

"A modern city with a small town flavor"

Page Contents for Haverhill, Massachusetts

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History & History-related items

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Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Community news

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Statistics & Facts

The Massachusetts state capital is Boston.
The population of Haverhill is approximately 58,969 (2000), 60879 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 21,321 (1990), 24150 (2010).
The amount of land area in Haverhill is 86.322 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Haverhill is 32.04 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 5.977 sq kilometers.
The distance from Haverhill to Washington DC is 421 miles.
The distance to the Massachusetts state capital is 31 miles. (as the crow flies)
Haverhill is positioned 42.78 degrees north of the equator and 71.08 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in northeastern Massachusetts on the Merrimack River. Haverhill is bordered by the towns of Methuen on the west, Groveland and Boxford on the south, West Newbury on the east, and the state of New Hampshire on the north. It is only 32 miles north of Boston on the New Hampshire border, and about 16 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

Where is Haverhill
This page tells about the history of Haverhill as well as its location. It gives information about famous people from Haverhill. Pictures are located on this page of many of these "favorite sons"

Communities also in the Haverhill area: Amesbury, Andover, Lowell, Merrimac, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, and West Newbury.
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seasonal. Here is a current weather page for Haverhill.
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History & History Related Items

A history page for Haverhill.

When settled in 1640, Haverhill was called Pentucket after a local Native American tribe. The land was purchased from the tribe in 1642 and named Haverhill after Haverhill, England. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, Haverhill became a world leader in the shoe industry and was called the "Queen Shoe City of the World". Haverhill includes the town that once was Bradford

History of Haverhill
This page tells about the history of Haverhill as well as its location. It gives information about famous people from Haverhill. Pictures are located on this page of many of these "favorite sons"
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The settling of Haverhill

1640 as Pentucket

The incorporation of Haverhill



Take this great picture tour of Haverhill with over 80 pictures.

Haverhill Historical Society and the Buttonwoods Museum
240 Water Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: (978) 374-4626
Fax: (978) 521-9176

"Noted Notables"
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
Quaker poet and abolitionist, was born in Haverhill in 1807.

Rowland Hussey Macy (1822-1919)
He started in the retail business in downtown Haverhill in 1851. He later founded Macy's Department store in New York City. The first Macy's parade was held in Haverhill on July 4, 1854!

Thomas S. Sanders (1839-1911)
Mr. Sanders, along with Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Watson and Gardiner Hubbard, formed the Bell Telephone Company back in 1877. Sanders, a leather merchant in Haverhill, invested over $ 100,000 in Bell's telephone. The first experiments were done in Haverhill, as well as the first business telephone call!

Louis B. Mayer (1885-1957)
Mr. Mayer, of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios fame, started his career in the motion picture industry in 1907, when he purchased and ran the Gem Theater in Haverhill. He renamed the Gem the Orpheum Theater.

Bob Montana (1920-1975)
The creator of the Archie Comic Strip! Riverdale High in the strip was about his own days at Haverhill High School. He graduated in the class of 1939. The characters in the strip were all patterned after his classmates at HHS.
Here is a biography of Bob Montana.
Here is a little history of Bob Montana and the strip
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Haverhill City Government

City of Haverhill
Mayor's office
4 Summer Street
Room 100
Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: 978-374-2300

Haverhill Historical Events

2001, June 15, Friday
John R. Heffernan, 80
John R. Heffernan of East Derry and Leesburg, Fla., died Friday, June 15. He was born in Amesbury, Mass., Aug. 1, 1921, the son of Margaret and Frank Heffernan.
Known as Buddy to his many friends, he graduated from Haverhill High School and joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served his country as a staff sergeant stationed in Germany, and ran the base officers club where he met Herta "Kitty" Weller, a renowned ballerina. He and Kitty were married in 1948 and returned to the United States, settling in Haverhill, Mass. They moved to East Derry in 1957, where they remained until 1999. Buddy brought his officers club experience to local restaurant management throughout New England, and was especially well known at the Colonial Club in Lynfield, Mass. He and Kitty raised four children: Tina Bruno of Northport, N.Y., Heidi and Shawn of Kingston and Tammy Marini of Nashua. He is survived by his wife, Kitty, his children, and his grandchildren, Jordan and Sarah.
A member of the Derry American Legion, Buddy achieved some national and local renown when it was revealed a few years ago that he was the basis for and inspiration of the well-known comic character "Archie." Archie's creator, Bob Montana, was Buddy's classmate in Haverhill High and after the War, Montana created the comic basing all the characters and situations in his comic strip on his classmates and incidents they experienced throughout their high school careers. Typically Buddy, Archie was both the class cut-up and heartthrob.
Arrangements: A memorial remembrance will be held Tuesday, July 10 from 4 to 7p.m. at the Derry American Legion, Post #9, 13-1/2 Broadway, Derry. All Buddy's many friends are invited.

Haverhill Chamber

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
87 Winter Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: 978-373-5663
Fax: 978-373-8060

Haverhill Community News

A US GenWeb Genealogy page for Haverhill.

Haverhill Organizations

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
87 Winter Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: 978-373-5663
Fax: 978-373-8060

Haverhill Libraries

Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: 978-373-1586
Fax: 978-373-8466

Haverhill Schools

Haverhill Public Schools
Haverhill, MA 01830
4 Summer Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: 978.374.3400
Fax: 978.373.1535


Bradford College
320 South Main Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts 01835-7393
Phone: 978-372-7161, ext. 5271

Northern Essex Community College Haverhill


The population of Haverhill was:
1850 - 5,754
1880 - 18,472
1900 - 37,175
1930 - 48,710
1940 - 46,752
1950 - 47,280
1960 - 46,346
1970 - 46,120
1980 - 46,865
1990 - 51,418
2000 - 58,969

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