More than 120 people turned out for Andover Village Improvement Society’s Annual Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at Andover Town House (Old Town Hall) in downtown Andover.

John Kimball, the grandson of Charles M. Ward, gave the keynote address spotlighting the history of Ward Reservation, which was donated to The Trustees of Reservations in 1940 by Ward’s wife, Mabel, in memory of her husband.

In his presentation titled “Tales from the Ward Reservation: Andover’s Stonehenge and Quaking Bog,” Kimball shared the story of Mabel Ward’s placement of “Solstice Stones” on the summit of Holt Hill, the highest point in Essex County. He also described how a retreating glacier caused the formation of a rare “quaking bog” within Ward Reservation.

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