|Motto(s): The King Unwilling|
| • Board of|
|Daniel C. Bennett|
William H. Clark, Jr.
David A. Mills
Gardner S. Trask, III
|• Total||14.1 sq mi (36.5 km2)|
|• Land||13.3 sq mi (34.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)|
|Elevation||48 ft (15 m)|
|• Density||1,898.5/sq mi (733.0/km2)|
| • Summer (|
|Website||Town of Danvers official website|
Danvers is a
The land that is now Danvers was once owned by the Naumkeag branch of the
Around 1630, English colonists improved an existing Naumkeag trail as the Old Ipswich Road, creating a connection to the main cities of
The historical event for which Danvers is best-known is the
Danvers was the birthplace of
When the first shots of the
In 1847, the
The Town Hall was built in 1855. It has been modified and renovated and is still in use. Also in 1855, the southern portion of Danvers broke away to become the town of South Danvers, later renamed
In 1878, the
Originally an agricultural town, Danvers farmers developed two breeds of vegetables: the Danvers
Shoe manufacturing was a prominent industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Successful manufacturing companies included Ideal Baby Shoe. Local shoe companies were undercut in price by factories in other areas, and shoe manufacturing moved out.
On November 22, 2006, around 2:46 a.m., a major chemical explosion occurred at a facility housing Arnel Company (a manufacturer of industrial-use paint products) and CAI Inc. (a manufacturer of solvents and inks). The blast shook several North Shore towns, knocking homes off foundations and damaging buildings up to half a mile away. Glass windows shattered at least 3 miles (5 km) away, in neighboring Peabody and even in downtown Salem. The explosion was heard and felt up to 45 miles (72 km) away; the concussion was intense.
No one was killed, and none of the injuries were life-threatening, according to Fire Chief Jim Tutko. Approximately 90 homes were damaged. Residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the blast were taken to Danvers High School, where the
A May 13, 2008 report from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board attributed the explosion to unintentional overnight heating of an ink-mixing tank containing flammable solvents.