DescriptionLawrence was established in 1845 to support the growing number of industries along the Merrimack River. Through the efforts of the Lawrence brothers, Great Stone Dam was built 1845-48 to generate electrical power. Constructed with hand-hewn granite blocks hauled by oxen and laid stone by stone on the river floor, the dam was considered an engineering triumph. The massive dam can be viewed from Falls Bridge.
Visitor InfoMerrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce 264 Essex St. LAWRENCE, MA 01840. Phone:(978)686-0900
Self-guiding toursThe Robert Frost Trail is a walking tour that highlights the sites associated with the early years of the poet including where he wrote his first poems and fell in love. A brochure is available from the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center at 1 Jackson St.; phone (978) 794-1655 for more information.
Things to SeeLawrence Heritage State Park