This 1000-acre park features more than 20 miles of trails. You can see notable Native American sites and 17th-century cellar holes leftover from English settlers. There's also an active dairy farm that offers free tours on weekends.
The park's Visitors Center features exhibits about Holyoke's industrial history and culture. You can also visit the The Children's Museum, the restored antique Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, and the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Outside, visitors can walk along the canals that once powered mills.
Lawrence, MA was one of the nation's first planned cities, and you can learn about its history and development at Lawrence Heritage State Park. The exhibits in the Visitors Center, a restored 1840s boarding house, tell the stories of Lawrence's mill workers, including their role in the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. You can also learn about the immigrant populations who settled in Lawrence, and test your skills by planning your own industrial city. Visitors can also walk the esplanade alongside the Merrimac River.
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Visitors to this former railroad yard in North Adams, MA will learn about the controversial and dangerous construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, which spanned 1851-1875. 200 people were killed while building this 4.75-mile tunnel. Visitors can see historical artifacts and exhibits to better understand this historic engineering feat.