Description - The Park offers visitors an in-depth look into the past that brought the 19th century textile industry to tap the waterpower of the Merrimack River while also revealing cultural connections to the present and visions for the future.
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Lowell National Historical Park
- The history of America's Industrial Revolution is commemorated and interpreted at Lowell National Historical Park in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. The site incorporates many of the original mill buildings including: Boott Cotton Mills Museum (with its weave room of 88 operating looms), boarding houses and the Suffolk Mill turbine. Guided tours tell the story of the transition many women faced in Lowell that took them from farm to factory. Exhibits at the site chronicle immigrant and labor history and trace industrial technology.
Recreation - Lowell National Historical Park provides recreation opportunities that include touring historical buildings, viewing exhibits, guided programing and viewing costumed interpreters. Begin your visit at Market Mills, the former Lowell Manufacturing Company mill complex, which today is the National Park Visitor Center. At Market Mills you can make reservations for tours, purchase tour tickets, explore exhibits and view a video program.
At the Boott Cotton Mills Museum visitors can experience the roar of a 1920s weave room. Interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor and the rise, fall and rebirth of Lowell are on view at the museum. Other centers for information are Tsongas Industrial History Center, Boott Gallery, New England Folklife Center, Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center and the Lowell Historical Society.
Climate - Northeastern Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons. The summers are generally warm, but nights can be cool. Winters can be cold with wind, ice and snow. Spring and fall are pleasant with cool, mild temperatures.
Lowell National Historical Park is located 26 miles north of Boston. It is easily accessible from several major highways such as Route 3 and Interstate 495. It is within driving distance of Minuteman National Historical Park, Salem Maritime National Historical Site and Boston National Historical Park.