Lynn Heritage State Park

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Lynn Heritage State Park

Massachusetts

(781) 598-1974

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Overview

The oceanfront community of Lynn is famous for its shoe manufacturing, for pioneering developments in electronics and for the 19th century reformers who lived there. Exhibits and tours highlight the innovation and industry of Lynn, the turn-of-the-century shoemaking capital of the U.S. Compare the craft and tools of a handmade shoe with a factory-made shoe. Experience the struggle of shoe workers during the Strike of 1860. Find out why Lydia Pinkham's medicinals were known the world over. A boardwalk stroll at the nearby Waterfront Park features an extraordinary mosaic mural on Lynn's history.

Map of Lynn Heritage (MA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.462623, -70.943542

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    In 1882, Elihu Thomson brought a thriving electrical business to Lynn. These included manufacturing industrial motors and arc lighting. His ground-breaking experiments with electricity led to the formation of General Electric with Thomas Edison in 1892. Shoemaking declined in the 1920s and 30s while General Electric expanded. During World War II the nation's first jet engine was built under great secrecy at the Lynn plant. These fascinating stories and more are included in the visitors center exhibits. Visitors center hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours may be arranged by scheduling in advance. A boardwalk stroll at the nearby Waterfront Park features an extraordinary mosaic mural on Lynn's history.

Directions

Driving

Lynn Heritage is located just north of Boston. To reach the Visitors Center at the corner of Washington and Union Streets.

From the North: Rtes. 128/I-95 South to exit 44, Rte. 1 South. Take first exit to Rte 129 East. Follow Rte. 129 East to Downtown Lynn. After MBTA commuter rail trestle, Visitors Center will be on the opposite left corner.

From South and West: Rtes. 128/I-95 North to exit 44B. Follow Rte. 129 East to Downtown Lynn. After MBTA commuter rail trestle, Visitors Center will be on the opposite left corner.

From Salem: Route 1A South to Lynn. At North Shore Community College, take a sharp right onto Union Street, then right onto Washington Street. Parking and Visitors Center on left.

From Boston: Route 1A North to Lynnway. Turn left following Rt. 1A onto Market St., then right onto Broad St. At North Shore Community College bear left onto Union Street, next right on Washington Street. Parking and Visitors Center on left.

Public Transportation

MBTA Public Transportation to Central Square-Lynn: Bus routes 426, 429, 433, 435/6/7, 439, 441/2, 455; the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail line.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(781) 598-1974

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