Methuen Massachusetts History
Massachusetts has a history of derelict mansions and what they may hide. I have not tried to present the entire history of the city of Methuen on the following pages, but there are some good sources for additional research. The land owned by Charles H. Tenney offers evidence that points to a plethora of reasons for the ghost trips.
West Methuen Long Ago, written by the Noyes sisters during a town festival in 1926, seems to be the best account of local colonial life. In 2004, the Merrimack Valley Preservation Organization reprinted it as a volume and it is still available for purchase.
In 1775, when the total population was only 1,326, Methuen sent 156 men to provide ammunition and supplies to the continental armies, and took in refugees from the British occupation of Boston. On April 9, four companies of MethUen minutemen marched to Bunkerberg on their way to Boston, and the archives of the State House contain a copy of the Battle of Bunkerberg, in which the Methusener company fought. A memorable story of a memorable "April 9" that went down in the history of methods: "A company of our men came, joined together and marched up the hill in a single day, with the help of two other companies from Boston, to march on the other side of the city.
Judging from census returns and tax records, it seems that Methuen has not grown in wealth or population in the forty years since the Revolutionary War. Old tax records and city records show that in 1740, 71 people living in a New Hampshire neighborhood cut off from the New Hampshire line were taxed.
In 1741, when the northern boundary of Massachusetts was established, most of these new northern communities were removed from Methuen and placed in New Hampshire. The area included the town of MethUen and the towns of Fall River and Fallbrook, which were settled without difficulty.
The settlers then tried to integrate themselves as a city and applied to the court for their own statutes. The charter was issued in December 1725 and Governor Dummer named the town Methuen, the only town to be so named. It was named because of its proximity to the city of Boston and its location on the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border.
I was born on October 26, 1925 in this house, and this is the house my great grandfather built for me in 1867. I was born into a proud Yankee heritage, coming from a long line of descendants of the original settlers of Methuen, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
The new town consisted of about 29,040 hectares, most of which were taken from Haverhill, but also included land in Havershill and Dracut that had not previously belonged to the town. The house remained a place of the town meetings until the building of the present town hall at I853. In 1867, a separate community center was built in the north, as was a separate community center on the north side of I-53 and then a new community center on the south side.
The friendly Penacook Indians used the banks of the Merrimack and Spicket rivers between 1666 and 1683 for hunting and fishing. The records of the town of Haverhill show that a large number of paths were laid out to reach the meadows and forests. By this time, the residents of Havershill and Andover had settled in what would one day be Methuen. At the time of the early white settlers in the area, today's MethUen was part of Haver Hill.
The descendants of the original owners of Haverhill donated land for a Meetinghouse, and in 1738 a second Methuen Meetinghouse was built.
Besides the affairs of the people, two natural disturbances are mentioned in the city books from the colonial and revolutionary period. Records from the town of Haverhill show that no one in the colony received any rights or privileges without first having voted in the town. In 1736 the Northern Parish was founded, and soon after a separate city council and a city council was proposed. Methuen, as we know it, became a Massachusetts town with self-governing powers.
Searle's family moved to Methuen so his father could get a job at the MethUen mill, and the ruins are a great, gently haunting site. In the early 20th century, after the Gorrill brothers died, some residents of Meth Uptown claimed to have had dreams revealing the location of the buried treasure. There also seems to be evidence that other prehistoric humans from Europe lived in the caves.
In 1887 Tenney renamed his estate Fair View Park and began building Greycourt, or Grey Court Castle, in 1890. I found this out while researching land rights and historical data while working on the old Western Electric.