Blacksmithing Saturday 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. ** NOTE: This event will be part of the Lawrence History Center's 40th Anniversary Open House featuring guest speakers, a Tour by Historic Mills Photography, a joint program with Andover Center for History & Culture, " One Neighborhood, Two Towns," and more!

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Event Telephone: 


6 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA, 01840

Driving Directions: 

From Route 495, take Exit 45 (Marston Street) Follow Marston Street to the traffic light at Canal Street. Go straight (formerly a left turn before intersection redesign) at the light onto Canal Street (following brown signs for the Heritage State Park. As you come down Canal Street, you will see the Stone and Everett Mills ahead of you on the right. Continue down the hill a bit to the traffic light. Take a right onto Union Street. Take your second left onto Essex Street at the first traffic light. LHC is on the corner of Union and Essex Streets on the left. Parking Metered parking is available on Essex Street.