Washington Street Shoe District

Washington Street Shoe District
Washington Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

The Washington Street Shoe District represents the middle period of Haverhill's shoe history. Near the end of the 18th century, shoe making as a wholesale business began in earnest, and by the middle of the 19th century, it had become the predominant industry. Space on Merrimack Street became filled, and with the growing importance of shipping shoes by rail, manufacturers looked toward what had been a residential neighborhood for expansion - Washington Square and Street. In a ten year period (1872-1882), virtually every manufacturer had moved to this area and had replaced the wooden houses with both wooden and brick factories. The area continued as the center of Haverhill's shoe industry through the turn of the century despite a devastating fire on the night of February 17, 1882, which leveled 10 acres of the Shoe District. In 1976, the area was accepted for inclusion as a district on the National Register of Historic Places. It was recognized as one of the finest examples of a complete street of Queen Anne industrial architecture in America.


  • Historic Resources
  • Industrial Theme Trail
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead