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Shawsheen Village

Shawsheen Village was named after the Indian name for the Shawsheen River. Shawsheen means Great Spring.

Shawsheen Village was built as an idyllic locale, a model community, a planned environment. It was “The Model Community and the Home of the Offices and Staff of the American Woolen Co.” Nothing was haphazard, nothing left to chance. Everything was carefully planned.

As described in the book “Mills, Mansions and Mergers – the life of William M. Wood”, this project was part of a movement by town planners, social reformers and government agencies to create a new urban-industrial environment for the 20th century.

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Bowling On The Green

Model Shawsheen Village From Air
As described in the book “Mills, Mansions and Mergers – the life of William M. Wood”, this project was part of a movement by town planners, social reformers and government agencies to create a new urban-industrial environment for the 20th century.
Shawsheen Village The Civic Center
Shawsheen Village, Andover, Mass.
Less traffic, more open space.
The Civic Center and Green
Note the beautiful lamps.
Shawsheen Square
Another View
Shawsheen River
Looking North
Shawsheen Square
Looking South
Showing Balmoral Pharmacy and Spa in the distance.
Post Office
Shawsheen Village
Airplane View of Shawsheen Village
With Administration Building, now "The Balmoral" in the foreground.
Detailed Plan of Shawsheen Village, circa 1922. Frye Village
Plan pre-dates Shawsheen Village
Frye Village
Another Early View
Beautiful Shawsheen Song
Along the "Beautiful Shawsheen" Words and Music by Jere O'Connor
©2007 Shawsheen Renaissance Project