Wood Park at the corner of Routes 28 and 133 was rededicated Dec. 2 after a five-month makeover that included installing a granite monument praising mill tycoon William Wood, who created the park and the Shawsheen area of town.

The makeover, which also added new entrances and walkways and mended the park's fences, was paid for with money approved at Town Meeting and a sum left to the town by the Wood family.

Wood, president of the American Woolen Company, is credited with designing Shawsheen Village as a self-sufficient community for employees of his mills.

In its heyday in the early 1920s, Shawsheen had its own school, post office, dairy, laundry, barber, doctor and dentists offices, retail shops, bank, an inn, restaurants, tennis and other sports fields and a "spa," which combined a drug store, barber shop, offices and a large public hall used for theater and dancing.

William Wood's fingerprints are still visible in Shawsheen; many of the buildings and homes still occupied in the village are of Wood's design.

Shawsheen was also home to the corporate offices of the American Woolen Company, now the Balmoral Condominiums.

The Balmoral building was open for tours during a special open house on Dec. 5. Hosted by the Shawsheen Village Renaissance Project and Andover Historical Society, attendees could tour the first-floor ballroom, marble-floored foyer and Wood's executive office, which is now a living space.

At the Dec. 2 ceremony, the monument to Wood was unveiled and local teenagers who helped with the project, including painting the iconic white picket fence that surrounds the space, were acknowledged.

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