Introduction to Methuen, Massachusetts
Methuen, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is a mile NW of Lawrence, Massachusetts (center to center) and 26 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. It's situated in the lower Merrimack Valley. The central area of town includes prominent granite walls and turrets which were created during the early years. Methuen includes farms and suburbs and urban neighborhoods. Colombo, Nabisco, McKesson and Micro Touch have facilities in the city. It was named in tribute to Sir Paul Methuen, a British diplomat.
The city was a significant factor in the nation's Industrial Revolution. Mills situated along the Spicket River and Spicket Falls produced textiles, shoes and hats. David Nevins, Charles H. Tenney and Edward F. Searles left an architectural legacy that is shown in the schools, mansions, churches, houses and mills.
Methuen and nearby Attractions
- The Searles, Tenney, Nevins Historic District features distinctive architecture and is regarded as one of the most unique neighborhoods in the state
- Methuen Memorial Music Hall includes a huge, historic pipe organ
- Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
- Nevins Memorial Library is an impressive looking brick building
- Peabody Museum
- Salem Maritime National Historic Site
- American Textile History Museum
- Lowell National Historical Park
- Merrimack Repertory Theatre
The New Hampshire lakes, and the Atlantic coast are close enough for day trips. The nearby Harold Parker State Forest is a vast acreage and includes a collection of ponds and offers scenic views of fall foliage. Canobie Lake Park is situated in the region. The Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge is a National Protected Area. The Essex National Heritage Area is located in Essex county and features thousands of historic sites and districts.
Methuen Higher Education
Merrimack College, the University of Massachusetts - Lowell and Rivier College are nearby.