4:00PM -5:00PM – Prior registration required
Incorporated in 1793 with John Hancock as the first proprietor, the Middlesex Canal connected the Merrimack River at Lowell with the Charles River at Boston by a ditch 3½’ deep, 30′ wide and 27 miles long. It was the greatest work of its kind in the US until the Erie Canal, and its efficient transportation of thousands of bales of cotton along with waterpower was the basis for the cotton mills of Lowell, Nashua, and Manchester. The canal operated for 50 years; then the one horsepower canal boat quickly lost to a new competitor, the 30 horsepower steam locomotive.
The guided tour of the Museum will start at the exhibit of the 1793 company charter, and continue through exhibits covering construction and operation of the canal. Before or after the tour, visitors are welcome to hike the Thoreau Towpath nearby.
During the tour, the Museum will be open only for tour participants. Attendance is limited, and preregistration is required.
Please contact Lori Jeromin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up by May 2nd.