Rock solid after 170 years – Eagle

DRACUT — Stepping into the entryway of Portland Stone Ware Company in Dracut is like walking back in time.

Inventory books and pottery hark back to the company’s beginnings in the 1800s. The owners even have glass-plate negatives from photographs taken decades upon decades ago. A drawing of the company’s original factories and kilns in Maine hangs above an antique desk on which the memorabilia sits.

There’s a rich history to the Portland Stone Ware Company, which has been owned by two families over the course of its 170 years in business. It’s a legacy that the current owners, the Schuler family, have taken great care to continue, including with an expansion into Methuen.

Jewett Construction Company recently broke ground on a new 15,000-square-foot warehouse for the company on a lot that will also include about 6 acres of additional outside storage for stone products. It sits on McGrath Road in Methuen’s west end,

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