This Great Stone Dam Virtual Tour was led by Jim Beauchesne, Visitor Services Supervisor, Lawrence Heritage State Park, filmed and edited by Barbara Buls, and co-edited by Brett Power -- all from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation.

The video debuted during the Lawrence History Center's Annual Meeting on September 19, 2020, the 175th anniversary of the very first granite block being laid by the Essex Company in the creation of the Great Stone Dam. The date the very last granite block was laid? Exactly 3 years later on September 19, 1848.

Special thanks to:

Lawrence Heritage State Park
Pacific Mills Acquisitions, LLC
Lawrence History Center


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Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection

The first viewing of the virtual tour was also a part of Essex National Heritage Area Trails & Sails.