The information below provides additional history about one of the sixteen points of interest along the tour. Visit Essex, Massachusetts and enjoy our self-guided tour to learn more about each historic Essex location on the interpretive signs.
INSIDE THE FULLER SHOE FACTORY
The Fuller Shoe Factory steam whistle blew at 7 AM and at 12 noon for the dinner hour, and again at 1 PM and 6 PM for closing. Machinery for making the shoes was propelled by steam. A very large water tank towered above the roof, its iron foundations set on 3 foot square blocks of granite. A brick chimney rose even higher above the tank. Each floor had a different purpose: one for cutting, one for offices and lasters (skilled workers who attached the upper part of a shoe to the sole), and the top floor for women stitchers.