The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Preservation Commission of Lawrence

are pleased to invite you to the following tour

Historic Mill District in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 9:30-3:30


9:30-10 AM
Gather at Visitors Center, Lawrence Heritage State Park, for coffee. Please google Lawrence Heritage State Park for driving directions and information regarding parking. We encourage carpooling. This event is free of charge.

10 AM
Carpool (about one mile) to the Great Stone Dam, 1845-1848, the engineering masterpiece designed by Charles Storrow and constructed under the supervision of Charles Bigelow for the American Woolen Company in order to harness the power at Bodwell’s Falls. Brochures will be available to participants. On the way back we see the Lower Pacific Complex, City Hall, Court House with a stop at the Strikers monument.

12-1:30 PM
Following a tour of the dam, participants will drive back to the Heritage Park. Please bring your lunch so that we can all eat together in the community room reserved for us. Our hosts will provide beverages.

1:30-3:30 PM
Walking tour of Canal Street to learn about the Pemberton and Everett Mills. With 33 mills the American Woolen Company was the largest worsted wool complex in New England and the site of the most influential textile mill labor strikes in American history. In 1912 22,000 strikers changed child labor laws, work practices and working conditions for all U.S.A. mill workers.

Please RSVP by April 1 to