Essex National Heritage Area
John Ward House
Reverend John Ward was the first minister of Haverhill. He built this house for one of his daughters. It was later lived in by tenant farmers who farmed Rev. John Ward’s fields.
The older part of the house that contains the kitchen was built between 1710 and 1720. The other half, the parlor, was built in the early 1820s.
Today, the Buttonwoods Museum uses the John Ward House to teach early American life to our many school children, scouts, and summer program visitors. The house is now furnished with reproduction tin ware, cookware, redware, barrels, and textiles.
One step through the door and you will feel like you have been transported back in time to experience what life was like in the 1700s.