John Greenleaf Whittier's birthplace in Haverhill MA

Colonial-era houses of Haverhill MA

This page displays the First Period, Georgian, and early Federal houses In Haverhill, Massachusetts. Included are the Rocks Village Historic District and the Bradford Common Historic District. The former town center of Bradford was annexed by Haverhill in 1897, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

The images, and text were provided by the Haverhill Historical Commission in the 1980’s, and are online through the Massachusetts Historical Commission site (MACRIS). Photos are displayed alphabetically in order of street name, and some house numbers may have changed. Most dates of construction shown on this page were based on local tradition and should be considered unreliable.

To request or add information, please contact town historian Gordon Harris at historicipswich@gmail.com. Visit the About page to request additional research, a PDF report and creation of a page about your house on this site.

On the houses shown below, click on the HVR link to view the house at the MACRIS site, and click on the INV link to download a PDF file about the house, produced by the city’s Historical Commission.

Chase, Jacob House 220 Amesbury Line Rd. Haverhill MA c 1744
HVR.25 Chase, Jacob House 220 Amesbury Line Rd. Haverhill MA c 1744?
 West , Thomas - Ames, Isaiah House 5 Blossom  St.  Haverhill MA c 1740
HVR.594 West , Thomas – Ames, Isaiah House 5 Blossom St. Haverhill MA c 1740?
Swett - Chase House East Broadway  Haverhill MA 1700
HVR.27 Swett – Chase House East Broadway Haverhill MA 1700?
George, Gideon House East  Broadway  Haverhill MA 1737
HVR.30 George, Gideon House East Broadway Haverhill MA 1737
Hastings, Robert House East  Broadway  Haverhill MA r 1686
HVR.31 Hastings, Robert House East Broadway Haverhill MA r 1686
Hastings - Morse House 595 East.  Broadway  Haverhill MA c 1706
HVR.32 Hastings – Morse House 595 East. Broadway Haverhill MA c 1706

The oldest portion of the ​2 12-story Hastings-Morse house, its central chimney and right-side rooms, were probably built c. 1706 by a man named Hastings. Left-side rooms and a partial lean-to section on the back of the house were added during the 18th century. The house underwent a major restoration in the late 1957, which included raising the roof on the lean-to section. Another 20th-century addition is the sunroom on the left (west) side of the house. Evidence of the building’s First Period origins is still visible in the right front room. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Peaslee, Joseph House 790 East  Broadway  Haverhill MA 1674
HVR.29 Peaslee, Joseph House 790 East Broadway Haverhill MA 1674
Ramsey, Charles House 23 East  Main  St.  Haverhill MA c 1750
HVR.19 Ramsey, Charles House 23 East Main St. Haverhill MA c 1750
HVR.16 Brown, Simeon House 38 East Main St. Haverhill MA c 1740
HVR.275 Hazen – Spiller House 8 Groveland St. Haverhill MA c 1724

The Hazen-Spiller House is a historic late First Period house built c. 1724 by Richard Hazen, It is a rare example of a brick house of the time, and notable for its role in early 20th century restoration activities. The ​2 12-story building is made of brick laid in English bond, with end chimneys and a central hall layout. The house was acquired in 1911 by early preservationist William Taylor, who took notes detailing the buildings First Period features. In 1915 Taylor sold the house to Wallace Nutting, who undertook a “restoration” that covered over some of those features and may have destroyed others. The house was one of a series owned by Nutting and showcased in a guidebook, Chain of Picture Houses, he used to popularized colonial styles. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

HVR.274 Dustin House 665 Hilldale Ave Haverhill MA c 1700. The Dustin House or Dustin Garrison House is a historic First Period house built about 1700, one of a very small number of surviving period houses built out of brick in Massachusetts. Hannah Duston was captured by Native Americans during a 1697 attack on Haverhill, probably while this house was under construction. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
Davis, Ephraim House Merrimack  Rd. Haverhill MA c 1705
HVR.21 Davis, Ephraim House Merrimack Rd. Haverhill MA c 1705

Sargent - Moody - Teuvey House Merrimack  Rd. Haverhill MA c 1700
HVR.22 Sargent – Moody – Teuvey House Merrimack Rd. Haverhill MA c 1700
HVR.787 White, William House 86 Mill  St.  Haverhill MA r 1700
HVR.787 White, William House 86 Mill St. Haverhill MA r 1700
 Buttrick, Charles A. - Ham, Sheppart S. House 280 Mill St.  Haverhill MA r 1775
HVR.1011 Buttrick, Charles A. – Ham, Sheppart S. House 280 Mill St. Haverhill MA r 1775
Emerson House 5-9 Pentucket  St.  Haverhill MA c 1730
HVR.273 Emerson House 5-9 Pentucket St. Haverhill MA c 1730
Chase, Abner House River  Rd. Haverhill MA 1743
HVR.34 Chase, Abner House River Rd. Haverhill MA 1743
HVR.3 Swett - Osgood House 16 River  Rd. Haverhill MA c 1700
HVR.3 Swett – Osgood House 16 River Rd. Haverhill MA c 1700
Esterbrook, John House 20 River  Rd. Haverhill MA c 1770
HVR.4 Esterbrook, John House 20 River Rd. Haverhill MA c 1770
Nichols, Phinens House 21 River  Rd. Haverhill MA c 1743
HVR.5 Nichols, Phinens House 21 River Rd. Haverhill MA c 1743
Challie, Gideon House 35 River  Rd. Haverhill MA c 1741
HVR.7 Challie, Gideon House 35 River Rd. Haverhill MA c 1741
Kimball, Benjamin House 2 Salem  St.  Haverhill MA c 1690
HVR.121 Kimball, Benjamin House (“Kimball Tavern”), 2 Salem St. Haverhill MA c 1690
Ayer, Dea. Moses House 1 Saltonstall Sq.  Haverhill MA r 1770
HVR.1008 Ayer, Dea. Moses House 1 Saltonstall Sq. Haverhill MA r 1770
HVR.1030 Ward, John - Nichols, Algernon P. House 240 Water  St.  Haverhill MA c 1720
HVR.1030 Ward, John – Nichols, Algernon P. House 240 Water St. Haverhill MA c 1720
HVR.13 Fotte, Dea. John Store Wharf Ln. Haverhill MA c 1760
HVR.13 Fotte, Dea. John Store Wharf Ln. Haverhill MA c 1760
Silloway, Joseph Tavern 22 Wharf Ln.  Haverhill MA c 1670
HVR.11 Silloway, Joseph Tavern 22 Wharf Ln. Haverhill MA c 1670

In 1740-50 this ordinary was kept by Joseph Silloway, a disabled soldier of the Expedition for the reduction of Canada in 1775. 

Foot, Samuel House 29 Wharf Ln.  Haverhill MA c 1770
HVR.12 Foot, Samuel House 29 Wharf Ln. Haverhill MA c 1770
Whittier, John Greenleaf Homestead 305 Whittier Rd. Haverhill MA 1688
HVR.266 Whittier, John Greenleaf Homestead 305 Whittier Rd. Haverhill MA 1688. In 1688, in a small pleasant valley under the shoulder of Job’s Hill, Thomas Whittier is said to have built a section of the house which was to be the Whittier family home. The Whittier family lived there for five generations, and it was the Birthplace of the Quaker Poet and Abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier on December 17, 1807.