Discover Haverhill’s Unexpected History

Welcome to “The Buttonwoods”, an historic site overlooking the Merrimack River. From Native American settlement to the present, the Buttonwoods Museum tells the story of life in the Merrimack Valley. Visit the John Ward House, the Duncan House and the Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop. Experience our hands-on education and outreach programs that make this unique history come alive for people of all ages.

Interested in getting involved? Volunteers are always welcome!


The museum and visitor center are closed for the winter until May 1, 2014.

Check our calendar page for our winter special events and fundraisers!

During the "summer" season its a good idea to call ahead as sometimes we have to close without advance notice due to programs, special events, and staff availability.

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Happy Birthday Duncan House!

2014 markes the 200th birthday of the Duncan House. Please consider donating to our Duncan House Birthday Fund to help preserve, repair, and maintain this beautiful historic home.


Duncan House Birthday Fund

Duncan House

It may be cold and snowy now but summer is coming! Click here for information on this coming summer's Past Finders childrens program!

Support our work at the Buttonwoods Museum and Haverhill Historical Society! Your donation is tax deductible.

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Essex National Heritage Area