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Rockport in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Bear Skin Neck

1630 - 1930

 
 
Bear Skin Neck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 25, 2010
1. Bear Skin Neck Marker
Inscription. Named from a bear caught by the tide and killed in 1700. Commercial and shipbuilding center of Rockport for 160 years. First dock built here 1743. Sandy Bay Pier Company organized 1809. Site of Stone Fort and Sea Fencibles Barrack during War of 1812.
 
Erected 1930 by Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers marker series.
 
Location. 42° 39.533′ N, 70° 37.007′ W. Marker is in Rockport, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Street (Massachusetts Route 127A) and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Mt. Pleasant Street. Click for map. Located at the edge of Dock Square, at the junction of Main Street and Mount Pleasant Street. Marker is in this post office area: Rockport MA 01966, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rockport World War I & II Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harvey Park (about 500 feet away); Cannon from the U.S.S. Constitution (about 600 feet away); Town Wharves
Bear Skin Neck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 25, 2010
2. Bear Skin Neck Marker
(about 600 feet away); The First Settlers of Sandy Bay (about 600 feet away); Old Stone Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old First Parish Burying Ground (approx. ¼ mile away); John Pool (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockport.
 
Regarding Bear Skin Neck. Bear Skin Neck, which forms a peninsula jutting out into Rockport Harbor, was once known primarily as an artists’ colony, but now is populated with shops and restaurants that are a magnet for tourists. It offers spectacular views of the harbor and of Sandy Bay.
 
Also see . . .  Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Tercentenary Commission Markers. Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Tercentenary Commission Markers, commemorating the three hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on May 21, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 876 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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