Founded in 1824, The Plymouth Cordage Company was once the largest manufacturer of rope and twine in the world. It was also the Town of Plymouth's largest employer for more than 100 years. Their large factory, located on the Plymouth waterfront, specialized in ship rigging and was chosen among their competitors in the early 1900s to manufacture the rope used on the USS Constitution. The company's Plymouth binder twine, popular among farmers, was the inspiration for the naming of the Plymouth brand of automobiles first produced in 1928.
Today a small museum of archives and artifacts is maintained at Cordage Park in North Plymouth. The Museum is open by appointment at this time and can be accessed through the tower entrance.
The Plymouth Cordage Historical Society works to preserve the history of the Plymouth Cordage Company. Their meetings are held at the museum in Mill #1 on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm (excluding July and August)