Andover Stories: Elm Square: The Heartbeat of Andover | Opinion

Elm Square sits at the intersection of Main and Elm streets. Its confluence of pedestrians and myriad modes of transportation has been at the heart of Andover’s daily life since the town’s earliest days. As the town has grown and evolved, so too has Elm Square.

Andover, like many quintessential New England towns, boasted taverns and inns that served the need of locals to gather together. Travelers, too, frequented those establishments for rest and sustenance after a long day’s journey on horseback or by carriage.

One of the earliest downtown roadhouses, the Ye Ames Tavern, is believed to have been