Haverhill, incorporated as a city in 1870, was actually established as “Pentucket” in 1640 and originally settled as farmland. With the introduction of saw- and gristmills in the late 1700s, and tanneries, boat yards and shoe factories in the early 1800s, the city became a major industrial center until the nationwide depression of the 1930s. (Shoe manufacturing was the city’s leading industry for 180 years.)
Haverhill’s modern-day revival is marked by industrial parks, business districts, and a refurbished central downtown area with art galleries, gift shoppes, pubs and fine dining restaurants. The city offers wholesome recreation from bird watching and jogging to golf on any of its four 18-hole golf courses, downhill skiing, horseback riding, and sailing.