Andover Bookstore / Andover Press

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  • Andover's First Printing Press was set up in 1798 by Ames and Parker.
  • In 1809 Deacon Mark Newman became the bookseller to Phillips Academy. His bookstore (Andover Bookstore) was located on the first floor of the Andover Theological Seminary.
  • In 1813 Dr. Eliphalet Pearson moved the printing press to the second floor of Newman's building.
  • The Andover Press and the Andover Bookstore evolved together.
  • The Andover Bookstore is the oldest business still in operation. It is now located in Olde Andover Village.

The Andover Bookstore

  • The Andover Bookstore is the nation's second-oldest, continually-running bookstore. I tis the oldest independent bookstore.
  • In the late 1860s the store moved downtown to 37 Main Street. From here, the owners also launched the publication of the Andover Townsman newspaper.
  • In 1960, the owners stopped running the printing press that had been established in 1798.
  • In 1963, the store moved to its current location at 89R Main Street.
  • In 1992, the bookstore was purchased by current owner Robert Hugo.
  • The bookstore celebrated its 200th birthday in 2009.
  • In 2011, the bookstore began selling "all things knitting," including yarn and patterns.
  • In 2017, the bookstore moved from it's Andover Village Square location at 89 Main Street to 74 Main Street.


  • The Old Andover Press. Andover Townsman June 27, 1930, p.
  • Andover Townsman, January 28, 1954, page 3.
  • "An Illustrious Town-Andover", The New England Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4, April 1886. p. 301+
  • "200 years of pages turned", Boston Globe, December 3, 2009.
  • "Staying Power", Publisher's Weekly, November 23, 2009.
  • "200-year-old bookstore", Andover Townsman, January 22, 2009.
  • "Fancy that!", The Andover Townsman, June 24, 2010.
  • "Three books, from the authors' mouths", The Andover Townsman, November 18, 2010.
  • "New chapter at Andover Bookstore: Clothing Annex", The Andover Townsman, November 25, 2010.
  • "Weekly author visits at Andover Bookstore", The Andover Townsman, February 3, 2011.

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