Gloucester in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Samuel Sawyer was a great Gloucester philanthropist. A very successful ship owner and merchant, Mr. Sawyer donated Gloucester's City Hall clock and bell. He bought up woodlots to preserve the 600-acre Ravenswood Park. He founded the City's first free library, complete with an art gallery filled with personally chosen works from Europe as well as from Cape Ann.
At the library's dedication he said, the "prominent motive or object of my life (is) to do something to promote the best interests of the young… Books are the food of the mind…" Sawyer founded a competition to reward outstanding students at a time when many young people left school to work on the wharves. The Sawyer Medal is still awarded to Gloucester public school students annually and remains a prestigious honor.
Among the library's collections are local oral histories, and the fine art on display includes Fitz Henry Lane paintings. Ravenswood Park is located on scenic Rte 127 in Magnolia and is open to the public.
Erected by Gloucester Harborwalk. (Marker Number 31.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Education.
Location. 42° 36.825′ N, 70° 39.779′ W. Marker is in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Warren Street and Dale Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Warren Street. Marker is located near the sidewalk, at the intersection, directly across from the Sawyer Free Library entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester MA 01930, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gloucester Spanish American War Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rocky Neck (about 700 feet away); Charles Heberle (about 800 feet away); Cape Ann Granite (approx. 0.2 miles away); Salting Fish (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Howard Blackburn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Alfred (Centennial) Johnson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dogtown & Babson Builders (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gloucester.
More about this marker. Marker is a composite plaque mounted on a 4-foot tall granite pedestal.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Gloucester Harborwalk
Also see . . . Gloucester Harborwalk 31: Samuel Sawyer.
On February 15, 1830 nearly 100 Gloucester residents met and formed (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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