The Settlers Dugout Canoe
Before the Andover Historical Society was officially founded it had as its first artifact a settlers dugout canoe found by John Lessard in 1982 in Hopkins Pond. Lessard, an ardent fisherman, spotted the wooden, rock-filled canoe off shore in about five feet of water. Two weeks later with friends he removed the stones and brought it to the surface. Howard Sargent, professor of anthropology at Franklin Pierce College, identified it as being either made by or for white settlers in the late 18th or early 19th century. The custom would have been to sink it for the winter months for preservation. It was carefully dried out over time to prevent cracks and now is a feature in our museum.