Located on sought after Cape Ann, Gloucester is a sea-side community with nearly 400 years of rich history, making it one of the oldest communities in Massachusetts. Gloucester was originally one of the first English settlements in what would later become the Massachusetts Bay colony. Historically, the city of Gloucester has been primarily a fishing community, but over the years experimented with shipbuilding too. In fact, the first schooner was reportedly built in the town in 1713.
Modern day Gloucester still hosts a thriving fishing and boating community, but it has also become one of New England’s most active artistic communities, undoubtedly inspired by the ample natural beauty the town offers residents. Famous artists such as Winslow Homer, Fitz Hugh Lane (born in Gloucester), Edward Hopper, to name a few, have painted this scenic town and its shores. The downtown offers many shops, fine restaurants and much to do. This active community continuously celebrates its heritage with events for the residents to participate in. Some of the many celebrations include, the Saint Peter’s Fiesta, schooner races, fireworks, outdoor concerts and greasy pole contest.
Some points of interest in the community include the Cape Ann Museum, Dogtown Common, Ravenswood Park, Rocky Neck Art Colony (America’s oldest working art colony), the Sargent House Museum and the White-Ellery House.
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