Featured ExhibitHow Salisbury Pond kept Worcester CoolView Exhibit
At the turn of the century, Salsibury Pond was a shared resource for the surrounding industry. It provided water for nearby factory's steam generation, and it also provided something else for the people of Worcester: ice. Natural Ice, ice that is harvested from naturally occuring ice sheets on ponds in the winter, was a popular commodity in America. Worcester was home to many ice harvesters who harvested and stored ice for sale in the summer. Natural Ice quickly evolved into a huge industry, complete with its own set of technological advancements and mega-corporations. Though Natural Ice is something of the past, its impact on America is still felt today.
Featured ExhibitRuins: Real and ImaginedView Exhibit
Institute Tower (also known as the Norse Tower) occupies a mysterious area of Institute Park history. Built by the late Stephen Salisbury in 1892, the Tower stood 30ft tall in the Southwest corner of the Park. It remained there until it was eventually taken down 64 years later due to safety concerns. Little is known about why Salisbury built the Tower. But we do know that the tower heavily inspired by the even more mysterious Newport Tower in Rhode Island.
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At the turn of the century, Salsibury Pond was a shared resource for the surrounding industry. It provided water for...