Blacksmithing Friday in the Essex Company Forge

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Lawrence History Center
Step back in time with us for a day of blacksmithing in the Essex Company forge, the company that built the City of Lawrence! Richard Wright of the Granite State Hammer Alliance will be demonstrating the craft of traditional blacksmithing methods, forging both iron and mild steel to create items for practical use in our historic courtyard. The forge was first in use in the early 1880's when the Essex Company complex at 6 Essex Street in Lawrence was constructed.

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6 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA, 01840

Driving Directions: 

I-495, to exit 45 (Marston St). Follow Marston St to the traffic light at Canal Street. Go straight at the light onto Canal St (following brown signs for the Heritage State Park). Follow Canal St to set lights at Union St. Take a right and continue to the set of lights at Essex St. The Lawrence History Center will be on the corner on your left. Take a left onto Essex St and park on street. There will be signs directing you into the courtyard where the blacksmithing demo will take place.