Established in 1793 and cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory, Lowell’s
Boat Shop is the oldest continually operating boat shop in the United States.
As the sole survivor of the area’s renowned dory manufacturing industry, Lowell’s
maintains its time-honored tradition as skilled craftsmen continue to build the dories
and skiffs that were once the mainstay of the fishing industry in New England.
Located on the picturesque banks of the Merrimack River, this non-profit working
museum and National Landmark is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art
and craft of wooden boat building. Centuries of boat building tradition are brought
to life at this remarkable site as the Boat Shop conveys its rich history through
the boats it builds, its collections and the stories they tell, guided tours, workshops,
boat building classes, youth programs, and lectures.
Innovative educational programs, exhibits, and events are offered to the public throughout
the year, and rowing is available seasonally.