Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Wenham area for decades. We know the landscape and we have good relationships with local police and fire officials. Our team of employees (200 strong and growing) live in the communities we serve, this means our customers are our neighbors.
Origin of Wenham
Wenham was first settled in 1635 as part of Salem. The first English settlers arrived in Wenham in the 1630s — however, members of the Native American Algonquian tribe had lived in the area for hundreds of years.
In September 1643, the General Court of Massachusetts granted the petition creating the town of Wenham, enabling it to send a representative to to the General Court. It was the first town to be set off from Salem. Many of its early settlers came from Suffolk County in England, and the name of the town most likely derived from two small villages there – Great Wenham and Little Wenham.
What Wenham is Known for…
The 224-acre Wenham Lake is located in both Wenham and Beverly. In the 1800s, the lake was famous for its ice, which was harvested and transported by ship throughout the world. Carved by glaciers, the lake supplies drinking water for some 80,000 Massachusetts residents every day. The water was once so pure that it was literally fit for a queen — it was the favorite water of England’s Queen Victoria.
The Claflin-Richards House — also known as the Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House — is a historic First Period house located on Main St. It was built around 1690 with ogee braces, an architectural hallmark of 16th- and 17th-century English dwellings. Today it contains three centuries of architecture, furnishings, and artifacts, representing a First Period dwelling room. This includes a woolen bed-rug made in 1724, said to be the second oldest such rug in the United States.
Visitors may tour the house, which is now operated as part of the nonprofit Wenham Museum. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and is also part of the Wenham Historic District.
The Newman-Fiske-Dodge House — built in 1658 — is another historic First Period house on Cherry Street. The house contains a rare instance of preserved 17th century decoration. Like many First Period houses, it was built in stages. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 Famous
People from (or Who Lived in) Wenham
Paul Harding (born 1967) grew up in Wenham and is an American musician and author. Harding is best known for his first novel Tinkers (2009), which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Robert William “Bob” Stanley (born November 10, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher who played with the Boston Red Sox. Stanley and his family lived in Wenham from 1977-1989, when he played for the Red Sox. He played his entire career for the Boston ball club.