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In northeast Massachusetts, in Lowell
America's Industrial Revolution is commemorated at this park, which includes the Suffolk Mill turbine and authentic "mill girl" boarding houses. The main sight is the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, which encloses a weave room of 88 operating looms. Altogether, the informative exhibits document the Northeast s transition from farm to factory, as well as the history of immigrant labor. The site was authorized on June 5, 1978.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Guided and self-guided tours. Facilities: Visitor center, museum, movie. Programs & Events: Exhibits, self-guided tours. Trolley tours (Mar-Nov.), boat and walking tours (weekends late May-late June, daily late June-mid-Oct.; reservations required), museum talks (late May-mid-Oct). Kids Week (Feb., Apr.), Lowell Women's Week, (1st week, Mar.), Lowell Folk Festival (last full weekend, July), Lowell Summer Music Festival (July and Aug.), National Park Day (Aug. 25), Banjo and Fiddle Contests (Sept.). Tips & Hints: Tours go out rain or shine. Busiest May-July, least crowded Dec.-Feb.
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Canal tours: $6 adults; $4 ages 6-16, $5 ages 62 and over, free ages 5 and under. Trolley tours free. Boott Cotton Mills Museum: $4 adults, $2 ages 6-16, $3 ages 62 and over, free ages 5 and under. No eating, drinking, or smoking in buildings. Visitor center open Sept.-late June, daily 9-5; late June-Aug., 9-5:45. Boott Cotton Mills Museum open daily 9-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
In Lowell, via the Lowell Connector from either 1-495 or Rte. 3; exit on Thorndike St. north, turn right on Dutton St. to marked parking lot. Closest airport: Boston (25 mi).
Lowell National Historical Park (67 Kirk St., Lowell, MA 01852, tel. 978/970-5000, fax 978/275-1762). Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce (144 Merrimack St., Suite 403, Lowell, MA 01852, tel. 978/459-8154, fax 978/452-4145). Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (9 Central St., Suite 201, Lowell, MA 01852, tel. 978/459-6150, fax 978/459-4595). Boott Cotton Mills Museum (400 Foot of John St.)
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