Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Rowley, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Rowley.
Rowley Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Rowley was ranked 269th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013, which was the same in 2012. However, it was 245th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 250th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Rowley
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Rowley 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 Rowley
Rowley was originally settled in spring of 1639 as a plantation by Reverend Ezekiel Rogers, who had arrived from England on the ship John of London with about 20 families. The town was incorporated in the spring of 1639. Rowley was was named after Rowley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England where Rogers had served as pastor for 20 years before he was suspended because his beliefs did not conform with Puritan teachings. Rogers was installed as Rowley’s pastor on December 3, 1639.
Originally the Town of Rowley extended from the Atlantic Ocean to the Merrimac River and included the towns of Boxford (Rowley Village), Bradford (Merrimac Lands), Georgetown (New Rowley), Groveland, part of Middleton, as well as what is known as Rowley today.
What Rowley is Known for…
In 1643, a fulling (wool) mill was constructed, followed by grist mill in 1645. The town became known for its hemp and flax cloth, as well as cotton production.
A keystone arch bridge and a dam were built on the Mill River for the fulling mill in 1642 – the first of its kind in the colonies. The bridge was the first stone arch bridge in North America, constructed entirely of hand-chiseled granite, and was rebuilt in the mid-19th century. In 1669, a sawmill was established in the town and is still going strong today.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the town had a booming shoe industry, as well as successful boat building businesses.
Listing of Rowley Favorites
Off The Vine Tuscan Grille, 150 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA, 01969
Royal Orchid, 303 Haverhill St., Ste B, Rowley, MA 01969
American Barbecue, Railroad Ave., Rowley, MA 01969
Bradford Tavern, 87 Haverhill St., Rowley, MA 01969
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The Platts Bradstreet House — part of the National Heritage Trail and owned by the Rowley Historical Society — is located on Rt. 1A, 233 Main St., just opposite The Margaret Scott Memorial Green. Built in 1677, the house has nine over six windows with Indian shutters and a large center chimney. Tours of the house are given and other functions are held there. During the holiday season, luncheon and tea is served in the beautifully decorated rooms.
The 1,112-acre Georgetown-Rowley State Forest on Rte. 97, offers a variety of year-round activities including horseback riding, hiking, walking, hunting (some restrictions), cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Rowley
Elizabeth Howe (d. 1692), born in Rowley and accused of being a witch during the Salem witch trials. She was found guilty and executed on July 19, 1692
Margaret Stephenson Scott, a resident of Rowley, was executed during the Salem witch trials. She was accused of being a witch by Mary Daniel, a teenager also living in Rowley. She was hanged at age 70 on September 22, 1692.
Josiah Little Pickard (March 17, 1824 – March 28, 1914), who was born in Rowley, was the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin, 1860-1864, and the sixth President of the University of Iowa, 1878-1887
Bruce Kimball, born August 19, 1956 in Beverly, MA, grew up in the town. He is a retired NFL football player for the Washington Redskins and New York Giants.