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 open from May 1 to October  1.

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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Thank you for Supporting the 13TH Annual Festival of Trees!!

“Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees 

In response to the Buttonwoods Museum’s plea for financial assistant to replace three old and non-functioning furnaces, local Haverhill resident Danielle Smida brought the funding need to the attention of a New Hampshire philanthropist with ties to the William Penn Foundation.  The Buttonwoods received funding from both the Foundation and this individual.

The Buttonwoods Museum wishes to thank Danielle Smida, the William Penn Foundation and another supporter who wishes to remain anonymous. We could not have done this without the generous support of this individual and these foundations.

These entities also provided a gift to the Haverhill Community Arts and Education Foundation to help support a group interested in turning the empty Cogswell School into a Community Art Center.

Thank you!


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Essex National Heritage Area