Gloucester

English fishermen from the Dorchester Company started casting their nets here in 1623. Villages include Lanesville, Annisquam, and Magnolia.

Orientation

Cape Ann Vacations: Chamber of Commerce

Discover Gloucester

Explore

Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street. Art, history, and culture museum with library and archives. Special Exhibition: Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann Before 1900 (March 31 to Sept. 9, 2018).

HarborWalk, 10 Rogers Street. Markers along trail tell Gloucester’s history.

Sargent House Museum, 49 Middle Street. Early history of Gloucester from its beginnings as a farming and lumbering outpost to its evolution into the country’s premier seaport.

Research

Gloucester Archives, City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue. Property records, vital records, maps, genealogies, vertical files, and more.

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue.

Digital Heritage Collection: maps, postcards, and more.

Online Books & Records

Gloucester, Massachusetts: Cemetery Gravestone Inscriptions Vol. 1: First Parish Burial Ground (1995)

Gloucester, Massachusetts: Cemetery Gravestone Inscriptions Vol. 2 (1995)

Gloucester, Massachusetts: Names and Property of Early Settlers 1642-1714/5 (1995)

Gloucester, Massachusetts: Kettle Cove and Fresh Water Cover: Early Settlers 1642-1714/5 (1995)

Gloucester, Massachusetts: Lanes Cove to Sandy Bay Land Grants 1687/8 (1995)

Gloucester & Rockport Burials 1711-1898 Inscribed on Gravestones (1996)

Gloucester Town Records Vol. 2 Index 1692-1816 (2005)

History of Gloucester, Cape Ann, including the town of Rockport by John J. Babson (1860)

History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts by James R. Pringle (1892)