Lynn Heritage State Park is a history-focused heritage park in the city of Lynn, Massachusetts. The state park preserves buildings that are significant to the history of Lynn and its role as an industrial center during the early 19th century. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 for its significance in agriculture and industry. The park’s main feature is the Eastman House Museum, which presents exhibits about the town’s history from the time of its incorporation in 1630 through the first half of the nineteenth century. Other features include the Clark Mansion, dating back to 1750; the Old Town Hall, built between 1834 and 1837; and the Newmarket Prison, where Daniel Webster, author of The Dartmouth College Case, served time after his famous court battle with Amistad owner John Brown over slavery.
A trail leads past the prison to Mount Blue Point, one of the highest spots overlooking the city, known locally as “Blue Hill”. In addition, there are several historic sites related to the American Revolution including Fortification Tucker’s House (a former military outpost), George Washington’s birthplace (located near the modern site of the First Church of Christ, Scientist), and Paul Revere’s house (which now houses the headquarters of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation). There is also a small museum at this location.
Parking fees are $6 per car, valid for up to three hours, all day Sunday, and holidays. The park accepts Discover Pass holders. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers allowed. For large groups such as school classes, scout troops, and church youth groups, special permit forms are available at the park office. These permits can only be obtained in person at the park office.
When encountering wildlife, remember that most animals live among us every day, go about their business, eat what they need, and cause no harm. If you encounter any animal that appears injured or distressed, call the non-emergency number for police, fire, or medical assistance. Report the location to local authorities so that they can investigate if an emergency situation exists. Animal cruelty laws exist in many jurisdictions. The Humane Society of the United States operates humane education centers around the country.
Some programs focus on pets, others on farmed animals, and still others on wildlife. Programs offered online are accessible worldwide, providing opportunities for participants across geographic boundaries. To help fund a backlog of deferred maintenance and park improvements, the Commonwealth implemented an entrance fee for this park. The fees, charged per vehicle, start at $10 per day for a single-day or $8 for residents with an annual pass. Fees are waived for honorably discharged veterans and Massachusetts residents age 62 & older and their spouses. Passes good for three days or a week are also available; annual passes good at all 22 state parks charging fees are offered at a cost of $75 for out-of-state visitors or $60 for Massachusetts residents.
The park has more than 7 miles (11km) of trails open year round for:
- mountain biking
- horseback riding
- cross-country skiing
During the winter season, it offers:
- downhill skiing
- ice skating
Many species are attracted to the park because of the food sources, habitat, and protection it provides. Among them are:
- black bears
- wild turkeys
Birds observed at the park included:
- bald eagles
- red-tailed hawks
- turkey vultures
- Canada geese
Mammals seen by the staff member monitoring the park were:
- cottontail rabbits
- striped skunks
- river otters