The Ropewalk

6442300299_2ab8089da2 The ropewalk in the Charlestown Navy Yard was the last remaining naval rope factory in the United States. The ropewalk designed by Alexander Parris, began operation in 1838, when Andrew Jackson was president. It was an operating rope making factory until 1971, and closed a few years before the rest of the Navy Yard closed. The [...] Continue reading →

What is a Ropewalk

A ropewalk is a long straight narrow lane, or a covered pathway, where long strands of material were laid before being twisted into rope. These long, slender walks evolved because making rope from hemp meant it had to be stretched to its full length. The rope maker literally “walked” the rope, twisting it as he moved. The practice began as an [...] Continue reading →