Walking Tour: Industry and Culture: The Legacies of the Salisbury Family and Ichabod Washburn
Wednesday, July 31st
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Meet at the electric generating station at Faraday and Lancaster streets for a walking tour led by Preservation Worcester docent Don Chamberlayne.
Take a noontime look at the architecture and landscape of the Gateway Park area, which was a cradle for Worcester’s 19th-century industrial success. Learn about Stephen Salisbury II and Ichabod Washburn, who played important roles in jump-starting the city’s career as an industrial powerhouse and were influential in the establishment of technical education through the founding of the Mechanics Association and the creation of WPI. Find out also how Salisbury’s son, Stephen Salisbury III, encouraged city cultural institutions and made important development decisions that softened the negative aesthetic effects that industry and overwhelming population growth had on late 19th century Worcester.