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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Gloucester
Gloucester, Massachusetts and Vicinity
▶ Essex County (247) ▶ Middlesex County (272) ▶ Suffolk County (221) ▶ Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (36) ▶ Rockingham County, New Hampshire (127)
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In Honor Of
First Minister and Leading Citizen
Who in 1643 Dug This
Canal Uniting River and Bay
G.H.S. — — Map (db m36363) HM|
Cape Ann lies on an outcropping composed of 450 million-year-old granite polished by glaciers. This particularly dense stone was prized for building monuments, forts, and piers. Blocks of Cape Ann granite were used to build Gloucester's Dale . . . — — Map (db m115434) HM|
|On this site in 1623
A company of fishermen and farmers from Dorchester England under the direction of Rev. John White founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony From that time the fisheries the oldest industry in the commonwealth has been . . . — — Map (db m85296) HM|
The first man to sail single
handed from west to east
across the Atlantic Ocean.
A typical Banks dory decked
over, christened Centennial to
commemorate the first centennial
of the founding of the
United States, 1776 . . . — — Map (db m115475) HM|
Citizen of Gloucester,
crossed the Atlantic twice,
alone, without any fingers
or toes and part of one foot
missing, all frozen in an
accident at sea.
On June 18, 1899, sailed from
Gloucester, Mass. To
Gloucester, England, on . . . — — Map (db m115478) HM|
Charles Heberle (1862-1956) was sent at age 13 from Virginia to Essex, where for three years he was indentured to the Essex Tannery. Once free, he worked nearby for a dairy farmer, Caleb Cogswell.
Soon, Heberle chose waterfront over farm and . . . — — Map (db m115439) HM|
Erected by The
Is Dedicated to Honor
Chester H. Grant
1897 – 1954
A soldier and devoted citizen who faithfully served his community, state and nation in war and in peace.
A . . . — — Map (db m36316) HM|
|In Honor of the Men Who Established Coast Guard Aviation
In May of 1925 On
Ten Pound Island in Gloucester Harbor
Home of the First Continuously Operating Coast Guard Air Station
Growth in Operations and Aircraft Size Forced a Move
To Salem . . . — — Map (db m36437) HM|
|Born on Middle Street, business theorist and investor Roger Babson hired unemployed stone cutters to inscribe more than two-dozen boulders during the Depression. He hoped that words such as "industry," "initiative," and "integrity" would inspire . . . — — Map (db m115460) HM|
This bell was used as the fog signal at Eastern Point Light House from June 1933 to Dec 1969.
Cast in Chelsea, MA. gold dust was sprinkled in the mold in order to obtain the right tone. — — Map (db m115484) HM|
|Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial
For nearly four centuries the history of Gloucester has been the story of America's greatest fishing port. With this memorial we commemorate the lives and the legacy of those who died at sea while fishing.
The . . . — — Map (db m156491) HM|
|Gloucester Fisherman's Wives Memorial
Dedicated By The
Gloucester Fisherman's Wives Association
August 5, 2001
[ inscription around the base of the sculpture ]
The Wives, Mothers, Daughters and Sisters of Gloucester Fisherman . . . — — Map (db m36359) HM|
| [ bay side ]
In Memory Of
June 27 1950 – Jan 31 1955
Dedicated In 1980
By The Citizens Of
[ land side ]
In Memory Of
Aug 5 1964 – May 7 1975
Dedicated In . . . — — Map (db m36435) WM|
|North facing, front side
G. Co. Eighth Regiment Massachusetts Infantry, U.S. Vols.
Reviewed by General Maximo Gomez
at Matanzas, Cuba, February 20, 1899
Gloucester's sons, one hundred strong
answered the nation's call to arms . . . — — Map (db m75261) WM|
|With Thanks From The
People of Gloucester
To Our Sons Who
1941 – 1945 — — Map (db m36317) HM|
| [ inscribed around the base of the globe ]
We Fought For Freedom Around The World
[ plaque on central column ]
1941 – World War II – 1945
The people of Gloucester proudly dedicate this . . . — — Map (db m36768) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m36318) HM|
| James Babson
Granted by Special Town Act December 23, 1658
James and his mother Isabel were the first Babsons to reach America, arriving in 1632.
James' father died on shipboard while crossong.
Town records show . . . — — Map (db m36302) HM|
| [ upper plaque ]
In Memory of those who fought in the Revolutionary War with the Nathaniel Warner Company and those men and women who helped make this a free and independent nation.
Placed by the reactivated
Nathaniel Warner . . . — — Map (db m36354) HM|
|Here in 1630-31 a company from Plymouth, under Abraham Robinson, established a fishing station
and built curing stages. For nearly two centuries and a half Annisquam was a fishing and ship-building center. — — Map (db m48615) HM|
|In Memory Of
The Soldiers and Sailors
And All Others Who
Rendered Aid to the Cause
Of American Independence
During the Revolutionary War
Lucy Knox Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
June 17, . . . — — Map (db m36356) HM|
|[South Side of Marker]
In the War
Of the Rebellion.
[East Side of Marker]
Serg – Benj. H. Griffin, C. 23d Mass.
Addison Griffin, I. 23d Mass.
Abraham Day, Jr. G. 23d Mass. . . . — — Map (db m24020) HM|
| [ front ]
[ plaque on back ]
Honors Her Sons and Daughters
In World War II
Meyer Abrahams • Sidney Abrahams . . . — — Map (db m36441) HM|
“There were no galleries in those days and no one ever expected to sell a picture, so you weren’t interested in making it. You were only interested in actually being a good artist… And, of course, you didn’t need as much money. I remember . . . — — Map (db m115465) HM|
“In Its heyday as a salt fish producer; Gorton's… kept dozens of wharves and acres of flake yards busy with the unloading, filleting, salting, drying, boning, cutting, grinding, smoking, boxing, packaging, and canning of the millions upon . . . — — Map (db m115459) HM|
|In September, 1606, Samuel de Champlain landed at Rocky Neck in what is now Gloucester Harbor, to caulk his shallop, and made an accurate chart of the harbor which he called Le Beauport. — — Map (db m48686) HM|
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 . . . — — Map (db m115426) HM|
|On this site in 1623 the Dorchester Adventurers founded the nucleus of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and fishing industry. Here Roger Conant averted bloodshed between two factions contending for a fishing stage, a notable ex- ample of arbitration in . . . — — Map (db m48614) HM|
"King of the Mackerel Killers"
Solomon Jacobs Landing & Park were named for Captain Solomon Jacobs, who fished in the early 1900s.
A native of Newfoundland, he was known as the "King of the Mackerel Killers" for his ability to land huge . . . — — Map (db m115472) HM|
Is the Result of a Wish Conceived By
His Parents and Fulfilled by Their Son
George O. Stacy
Keenly Alive to the Beauty Of
He Desired to Bring to Its Shores A
This Tablet is a . . . — — Map (db m36360) HM|
|Stage Fort Fisherman's Field
Oldest Defenses in the Mass. Bay Colony. Thrown up in 1625 by Capt. John Hewest. Occupied in King Philips War 1675 and in King Georges War 1743. Companies under Capt. John McCaw and Capt. John Lane stationed here during . . . — — Map (db m36355) HM|
|Before you stretches Ten Pound Island. In 1821 a lighthouse was built on the island to safely direct sailing ships into Gloucester Harbor. Some of America's greatest works of art were painted by Winslow Homer while staying at the keeper's house in . . . — — Map (db m36436) HM|
Of Those Who Served
In World War II
From Ward Seven
These Our Dead From
Ward 7, WW II
Robert J. Hodgen A.F. • Robert W. Seppala A.F. • William Lee M.M. • John A. Filfalt M.M. • James M. Tarr M.M. • Roy M. Nickerson . . . — — Map (db m36440) HM|