One of the exhibits
at the Visitors Center
One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
Open daily 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
A restored boarding house with two floors of interactive
exhibits tells the tale of Lawrence, one of the nation's first planned
industrial cities. Along with stories of Lawrence's mill workers
and industry, the workers' role in the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike
is relived with images and sounds. Walk along the esplanade of a
nineteenth-century canal and through a park created within the walls
of an industrial-era building.
The Visitors Center is located
in a beautifully restored 1840s boarding house that features the
original beams and brickwork. You will find a turn-of-the–century
kitchen, complete with antique stove and sink similar to that of
the mill workers. There are amazing models of the mills and boarding
houses to help visitors imagine how the community looked and functioned.
Visitors can trace the routes of more than 30 immigrant populations
who settled in Lawrence and can test their skills at planning their
own industrial city. A video presentation of the Great Strike of
1912 tells the powerful story of nearly 30,000 workers and the nation’s
labor struggles and a painting by renowned labor artist, Ralph
Fasanella, titled “Lawrence 1912: The Bread and Roses
Strike,” hangs as a permanent piece of the exhibit.
Pemberton Park, off Canal Street
near the Central Bridge, offers superb views of the city’s
mills and historic dam, and oportunities for fishing and boating.
The park property is about five acres and will soon extend to the
Great Stone Dam. Walking trails, lighting and benches make this
park an attractive place to visit in daylight or at dusk.
Lawrence Riverfront State Park,
Eaton and Everett Streets, offers tennis, basketball, street hockey
courts; wooded walking trails; children’s play area and a
sledding hill. Company, family or other group outings are welcomed
by reservation. Bashara Boathouse offers summer
sailing and instruction through the Greater Lawrence Community Boating
Program (978) 681-8675.
Greycourt State Park, 37 Pleasant St. Methuen, MA. Site of the former Tenney Estate and Gatehouse. Offers wooded walking trails and scenic landscape. Open dawn to dusk. Day to day maintenance performed by the Methuen Dept. of Public Works (978) 983-8545.
The park offers free band concerts, lectures, drama performances,
children’s events, games, sailing lessons, special events
and guided tours. The Bread and Roses Festival on Labor Day is an
annual highlight. Guided tours are offered by reservation. Assistive
listening devices are available.
Lawrence HSP is located in northeastern Massachusetts.
• From Salem, MA: Rte. 114 west to Rte. 495
• From Boston: Rte. 93 north to Rte. 495
• From Portsmouth: Rte. 95 south to Rte.
• From Route 495 north or south: Take exit
45 (Marston Street). Take first left onto Canal Street. Go straight
through lights then take second right onto Jackson Street. The Visitors
Center will be on the right. A small parking lot is located in back
of the Jackson Street Visitors Center on Mill Street. In addition
there is a private parking garage on Appleton Street (one block
west of the Visitors Center). The park is also accessible by bus
and train from Boston. Call the park for train schedule.
Other Heritage State Parks
You can learn more about Massachusetts' industrial heritage at these
state parks: Blackstone River and Canal HSP, Holyoke HSP, Western Gateway
HSP, and Lynn HSP.