English fishermen from the Dorchester Company started casting their nets here in 1623. Villages include Lanesville, Annisquam, and Magnolia.
Cape Ann Vacations: Chamber of Commerce
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.
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
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)