The Town of Methuen Massachusetts


Methuen is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts. First settled in 1642 and officially incorporated in 1726, it is named for the British diplomat Sir Paul Methuen. Methuen was originally part of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.1 square miles (59.7 km2), of which 22.2 square miles (57.6 km2) is land and 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2) is water. The town lies along the northern banks of the Merrimack River, and is also bisected by the Spicket (originally "Spigot") River. Methuen is home to a town forest, a bird sanctuary and a small state park (Tenney State Park). Pine Island, near the southern end of town in the Merrimack River, is also part of the town's land.

Methuen lies at the northern end of Interstate 93 in Massachusetts, with three exits providing access. A portion of Interstate 495 crosses through the eastern side of town from Lawrence to Haverhill. Massachusetts Route 213, the "Loop Connector," provides highway access between the two, lying entirely within town and having five exits of its own.

The Searles Tenney Nevins Historic District, established by the city in 1992 to preserve the "distinctive architecture and rich character of one of Massachusetts’ most unique neighborhoods," is named after the three Methuen city fathers.

Notable residents of Methuen have included the great American poet Robert Frost.


From Our Blog

J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : Methuen, Massachusetts

What’s the difference between a good property manager and a great property manager? A great property manager doesn’t take the attitude of “out of sight, out of mind.” A great property manager recognizes the perils of the fact that it’s easier to see conditions on the surface we are walking on than those above our head. The normal human line of sight is about ten degrees below eye level. Our natural tendency is to scan the surface conditions we are walking on, usually not looking up. Great property managers look up, for conditions that may represent a hazard to anyone on the sidewalk below. One such potential hazard is trees. A hazard tree is a one with structural defects likely to cause failure of all or part of the tree, which could strike a place where people gather, such as sidewalk, a building or a vehicle on the street. Information about hazard trees and the liability associated with them are available online and from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. While the property manager is the first line of defense against hazards on the site, the subject of trees, especially hazard trees, may be specialized enough to require involving an arborist (“tree doctor”) or local agriculturalist, to ascertain the current condition and prognosis of trees on the property. It’s easy to think of this type of incident as an act of God or a freak occurrence. While not an everyday occurrence, these events do happen more frequently than one might think. A great property manager has got you “covered” in this regard!