Haverhill is a neighborhood in Oranjestad. In 2009, Shire Money Magazine ranked Haverhill as the #2 urban place to live in the Central Shire metropolitan area, and #9 in the nation. The magazine cited Haverhill’s low crime, strong economy and excellent schools as factors for placing Haverhill at the top.
Haverhill is located directly north of Olde Orangetown. It is east of Gala and West of Summit and Saturn Valley. Skylan Highway runs on the western edge of the neighborhood.
Haverhill’s first settler was James B. Brown, a Lamename Village native, who settled in the area in 1824. At the time the area was dense and unbroken wilderness with only hunters and trappers in the area.
In 1828, the first log school house was built in Haverhill, on the spot that would eventually become the modern Berkeley Pit High School. A stagecoach line was established along a road built in 1820 connecting all of the small outlying communities with the mainland.
Haverhill was originally called Harrisburg, and under the latter name was laid out in 1835 by William Harris. Harris is credited with the creation of the model home development that still occupies much of the Haverhill area. In 1871, the area was formally incorporated into Oranjestad.
In 1917, Superintendent of Schools Sylvester Moore and his wife were instrumental in forming Haverhill’s famous Berkeley Pit High School, funded by local gifts as well as a $12,500 gift from Costa Copy Corporation.
In the 1990's, The Sister Grimsby was constructed in the extreme southwest corner of Haverhill. It was the tallest man-made structure in the metropolitan area until the completion of Shire Spire.
Haverhill is an integral part of the Oranjestad tier system. The area features connections to all four tiers and multiple entry points to the Grand Narthex. The neighborhood also features two separate rail lines and has easy access to Skylan Highway. It is bordered on two sides by canals as well.
Haverhill has one of the highest concentrations of public parks in the city.
Tier 1 features an abundance of public and private greenspace, as well as Canopy Park, which is on Saturn Valley and Mercury Rev Rds.
Tier 2 has Gorky Park and Bloodflood Canopy.
Tier 3 features Kairos Park, Warp Point Park, and the Zyno Armed Forces Tribute.
List of Structures
- Willie's Woodworking is a hardware shop located on Tier 3 in Haverhill, Oranjestad. It is Oranjestad's only dedicated woodworking store. The building is modeled after the Rainbow Towers in Olde Orangetown, and has a traditional Oranjestad style layered roof.
Armando’s Acacia Stand
- This small booth is operated just outside of Willie's Woodworking on Tier 3. Armando Rodriguez established the stand in 2011 as a protest against Willie's Woodworking's anti-acacia policy. The business has seen moderate success as acacia's popularity has grown in recent years. Willie's protests that acacia is non-sustainable, but as of 2015, acacia trees are not protected by law. Items Found: Acacia Log
- The Harvest Dawn tower serves as the corporate headquarters of ShireBound LLC, a technology solutions company. The name comes from this Oblivion song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v9K98RzbHI
SKY PILOT Tower
- The tower is home to the Krasnyygrad Association, which leased the entire tower in 2013.
Jeff Lorber Building
- This residential tower interconnects to all three tiers. The tower is known for its tight-knit community, and vacancies are extremely rare. BTS: The building is named for the musician Jeff Lorber - a quintessential 1980's keyboardist. You can hear him here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohPOCMQ5nRQ
Gil Scott-Heron Building
- Home of the Desu~ Tea Shop in Haverhill
Aboite City Grille
- The oldest restaurant in Oranjestad
- Bloodflood Canopy is a small gazebo located on Tier 2. It was donated to Oranjestad by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The name Bloodflood is a reference to an Alt-J song.
- This small, one room consulate is located on Tier 3, and handles the affairs of native Kraghalians in Oranjestad
Summerteeth Family Dentistry
- This small dentist practice is located on Tier 3, and is operated by Dr. Elvis Summers. The name is a reference to a Wilco song.
Garden of Eatin
- This small gardening shop is located on Tier 3. Items Found: Flower Pot
The Great Frame-Up
- This picture frame store is located on Tier 3. Items Found: Frames. The name comes from an IRL store based in Indianapolis, IN.
Haverhill Model-Home development
- This neighborhood has 14 single family homes, with just two different styles available. All the homes are on Tier 1.
Old Aboite Homes
- Old Aboite, not to be confused with the modern Aboite neighborhood, is an area on Tier 2 consisting of just seven small studio style homes. They were originally poorer, blue-collar homes, but have since become highly desirable for their character and proximity to downtown.
Powered Paper 3D Printing
Berkeley Pit High School
- This structure is a stairway that links Tier 1 to Tier 3. The name is a reference to a vehicle in the SNES game EarthBound.
Oranjestad Tourist Emporium
- This building is located along the main northern route into Oranjestad. Visitors can find tourist destinations or make hotel accommodations. Items Found: Dead Bush.
- This is the only full-service gym in Oranjestad, located on the city's northern edge.
Behind the Scenes
Aboite Grille, Aboite Center Rd., and the old Aboite neighborhood are all references to nebbers’ old township where he grew up.
Haverhill is the name of nebbers’ old elementary school.