Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest operating boat shop in America.

“A National Historic Landmark and working museum, Lowell’s is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building.”

Lowell’s Boat Shop Update – COVID-19

During this time of uncertainty regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the shop is closed to visitors of any kind. 

Our education and volunteer programs have been suspended until they can safely resume again.  Any staff that is able to work from home is doing so.

We rely on our community for support and in times like this we hope our community can rely on us for the same.  To that end, if any of you out there are in need and have nobody to call for help please reach out to us and we will do whatever we can…

I (Graham) can be reached at, Dorothy can be reached at, or any of us at the main office

Going forward we will continue to monitor guidelines and do whatever we can to keep our volunteers, employees, and community safe. Our hearts go out to those who are sick or quarantined and to the small businesses that are suffering. We will go out of our way to support those local small businesses.

We are currently looking into online streaming options to be able to offer our community a connection with the boat shop perhaps with a daily update on what we are working on or to be able to offer our lecture series over the web.

We will update you with the above options and when the shop will reopen for outside activities once this threat abates.  If you need a fix for your wooden boat problem, check out the guys from Acorn to Arabella on youtube, the website has some great videos, and as always you can read back issues of WoodenBoat magazine.


We’re working to bring the shop to you during this time of physical distancing. Join us on Tuesdays at 11am on Facebook Live for various skills demonstrations, history talks, and updates!

 Upcoming Events:

LBS in 2019!

Find our upcoming programs

in our Event Calendar



 Custom Built Boats

Repair and Restoration Services

Customize Your  Boat



Lowell’s is proud to offer a variety of classes for all levels of experience – from the beginner to the experienced builder. Our class offerings can be found here.

Our 2018-2019 Apprenticeship is underway!

Keep an eye on our current projects page for updates.

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