North Andover, Massachusetts used to be part of Andover. Then, the new church went up in the 1700s. The parish was divided. At first, it wasn't really a big deal, but then the fighting ensued, so the parish was divided into North and South. Both Andover and North Andover have thrived since the 1700s.
This sleepy little town is believed to be the final resting place of Anne Bradstreet, famous 17th-century American poet. She died here at the age of 60, and, although the location of her grave has yet to be confirmed, she is thought to be buried at the Old Burying Ground. Perhaps you and your (leashed) pooch should take a stroll among the grounds to sniff out this mystery for yourselves!
North Andover also has another unique place for you and your dog to visit: a maple syrup farm! It's only open seasonally, but when it is open, it is an experience to remember. You can call ahead a book a kid-friendly -- and dog-friendly! -- tour to see the step-by-step process of making maple syrup. Afterward, stop by the store to grab a bottle of fresh maple syrup straight from the source.
If you're looking for an adventure that's a little more active, or if you've had your fill of sugary goodness at the maple syrup farm, check out the Bay Circuit Trail. The entire trail network stretches for 200 miles throughout Massachusetts. You can find a trailhead at the Ward Reservation in North Andover. Be sure to bring water and waste baggies with you!