Lowell National Historical Park


Founded at the confluence of the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, the planned city of Lowell took form under the guiding genius of hydraulic engineer James B. Francis. Envisioned as an industrial utopia, Lowell epitomizes the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. The Lowell National Historic Park's Visitor Center includes exhibits and a video program titled "Lowell: The Industrial Revelation." The Boott Cotton Mills Museum features 88 power looms operating with the help of belts, shafts and pulleys. Interactive exhibits in various 19th-century buildings include examples of preindustrial and industrial machinery, tools, and workers' personal items.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:In 1813, after touring British textile factories, Boston merchant Francis Cabot Lowell invented a power loom that was an amended version of what he'd seen overseas. Textile production advanced so quickly that by 1848, the city of Lowell was the largest industrial center in the U.S., producing 50,000 miles of cotton cloth a year.