About Rowley

The old days

Founding

From Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts, 1997, prepared by William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth.

1639. Sept. 4.* “Mr. Ezechi: Rogers plantation shalbee called Rowley.”
1640.	May	13.*	Bounds fixed.
1640.	Oct.	7~*	Additional grant of land to Rowley.
1649.	May	4•*	One-fifth of Plum Island granted to Rowley.
1656.	May	14.*	Bounds between Rowley and Newbury established.
1668.	May	27.”	“...inhabitants of Rouley liuing ouer against Hauerill, the
			Court   granted them the right to establish a village.
			(Mass. Bay Rec., Vol. IV, Part 2, p. 380.)
1685.	Aug.	12.”	Part established as township of Rowley Village and bounds
			established.
1701.	Feb.	24.”	Bounds between Rowley and Bradford established.
1785.	Nov.	29.	Part of Ipswich annexed.
1808.	June	10.	Part annexed to Boxford.
1810.	June	13.	Part annexed to Boxford.
1825.	June	18.	Bounds between Rowley and Boxford established.
1838.	Apr.	21.	Part established as Georgetown.
1904.	Mar.	12.	Bounds between Rowley and Boxford established.
1904.	Mar.	19.	Bounds between Rowley and lpswich established.
1905.	Mar.	27.	Bounds between Rowley and Newbury established.
1931.	June	9.	Bounds between Rowley and Newbury established.

Archaic Names of the Municipality:
Mr. Ezechial Rogers Plantation.

Section/Village Names:
Bean Crossing, Burk’s Corner, Chaplinville, Danielsville, Doles’ Corner, Glen Mills, Leighton Corner, Millwood, Nelson Island, Rooty Plain, Sodom.

1650 Map

The 1650 map of Rowley, showing the property owners

Today in Rowley

Town Common Burial Ground Town Hall
Main Street (Rt. 1A) Jewell Mill Oldest Stone Bridge
Rowley Burial Ground