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Rockport, Massachusetts, USA - Gloucester and Rockport Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

Rockport, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Fun fact: In Rockport, there is a house built entirely of newspaper!

Rockport includes: Ocean View, Pigeon Cove, Stonehaven, Bearskin Neck, Cape Ann, and Dogtown Commons.
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Gloucester and Rockport
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
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Gloucester and Rockport
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
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Ocean View House, Pigeon Cove, Mass.
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Ocean View House, Pigeon Cove, Mass.
St. Joachim's Catholic Church, Rockport, Mass.
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St. Joachim's Catholic Church, Rockport, Mass.
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Dock Square, The Old Pool House and Entrance to Bearskin Neck, Rockport, Mass.
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Dock Square, The Old Pool House and Entrance to Bearskin Neck, Rockport, Mass.
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1845 - ROCKPORT. [Pop. 2,650. Inc. 1840.]
Rockport was originally the eastern portion of Gloucester, containing the village of Sandy Bay.

In this town is Cape Ann, one of the points that inclose Massachusetts Bay.

The inhabitants, like those of Gloucester, are extensively engaged in the Fisheries, and in Commerce.

Distance from Salem, 20 miles; from Boston, 34.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1854 - Rockport
Rockport, a post-village of Essex county, Massachusetts, 32 miles N. E. from Boston. It contains several churches, and a bank with a capital of $100,000. The fisheries are carried on to some extent. The township, which until 1839 was a part of Gloucester, abounds with quarries of fine granite. Population of the township, 3274.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
Rockport Massachusetts, 1890
Rockport forms the eastern extremity of Cape Ann and of Essex County, and is 35 miles from Boston by the Gloucester Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad. Gloucester bounds it on the west, and the ocean in all other directions, Its assessed area is 3,182 acres.

Halibut Point is the northern extremity, with Folly Cove on its west side, and Hoop-pole Cove on the east, separating it from Andrews Point, which is one of the summer resorts of the town. South of this, on the eastern shore, is Pigeon Cove, upon which is situated. the village of the same name, where great quantities of granite are wrought and shipped. It is a charming and much-visited place. Further south is Sandy Bay, upon whose southwest curve Rockport village is situated. Hence the shore runs eastward, forming a point called Cap Head, which is the most easterly point of the mainland. Southward is Flat Point, with Whale Cove on its north, and Loblolly Cove on its south side; the latter in turn resting on Emerson's... Read MORE...

1895 - Rockport
Rockport, a post-village of Essex co., Mass., in a small township of its own name, on the Atlantic Ocean, and on the Gloucester Branch of the Eastern Railroad, 36 miles N.E. of Boston, and about 1 mile W. of Cape Ann. It contains 7 churches, a national bank, a savings-bank, a cotton-factory, and quarries of granite, of which large quantities are exported. The township contains a summer resort named Pigeon Cove. Pop. of the township, 4480.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Rockport, a banking post-village of Essex co., Mass., in Rockport township (town), on the Atlantic Ocean and on the Boston and Maine R., 36 miles NE. of Boston and 1 mile W. of Cape Ann. It has large quarries of granite and manufactures of isinglass, glue, and tools. The town contains a summer-resort named Pigeon Cove. Pop. in 1900, 4592.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to see and things to do in Rockport:
Bearskin Neck: This iconic area is filled with unique shops, galleries, and restaurants housed in historic buildings. Take a leisurely stroll along the narrow lanes, and be sure to explore the art studios and gift shops.

Motif No. 1: Known as the most painted building in the world, Motif No. 1 is a red fishing shack that has become a symbol of Rockport. Capture your own photo or painting of this picturesque landmark.

Rockport Harbor: The harbor is a central hub of activity. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon watching the boats come and go. You can also find seafood restaurants where you can savor fresh catches while enjoying the scenic views.

Front Beach: A family-friendly spot with soft sand and calm waters, Front Beach is perfect for a day of sunbathing, beachcombing, or even a refreshing swim during the warmer months.

Halibut Point State Park: For nature enthusiasts, this park offers stunning coastal views, walking trails, and the opportunity to explore the old granite quarry.... Read MORE...

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male ancestorThomas L. CLARK (1795, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA - 17 May 1850, Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA (Annisquam))
male ancestorPrentis CHOATE (1812, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA - 2 March 1874, Belmont, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJames POOL (1814, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA - 11 September 1847, Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA (Annisquam))
male ancestorEben Leroy OAKS (11 March 1842, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA - 16 April 1905, Tucson, Arizona, USA)
male ancestorHorace TYER (8 August 1844, New Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA - 4 October 1907, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorEllen O'HEARN (may 17 1846, , Ireland - , Rockport, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorAlbert TUFTS (19 April 1847, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA - , )
male ancestorJames Frederick Jr FOLEY (october 15 1878, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA - , , Massachusetts, USA)
photo of William Slater BROWNWilliam Slater BROWN (13 November 1896, Webster, Massachusetts, USA - 22 June 1997, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA)

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