Amy Glowacki, NPS
Moody Street Feeder (on Merrimack St.), Lower Locks, Swamp Locks, Francis Gate, and the Pawtucket Gatehouses (pictured below) are available for volunteer adoption. These gatehouses reside along the canals and rivers in unique and often spectacular settings. All of the gatehouses are historic structures that include rare features often not seen in America, such as 19th century canal locks, spillways, canal gates, and other important features associated with the development of water power.
Lowell National Historical Park strives to encourage the preservation and the interpretation of the gatehouses, locks and dams.
You can assist the park with the preservation of these buildings and the beautification of the grounds:
You can also assist visitors by:
Training will be provided for any of the above tasks. Consider gaining experience first at the Moody Street Feeder Gatehouse on Merrimack St. with volunteers Barb and Bill Rawnsley, who need help keeping this gatehouse open to the public during the summer. Park rangers will also work with you to get you off to a great start.
Did You Know?
There were female and male overseers in the mills of Lowell in the 19th century. In Rev. Henry Miles' book, Lowell As It Was, and As It Is, he mentions that the Boott Cotton Mills has recently opened a new weave room and it is being overseen by two women overseers. More...