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Rockport from the North, circa 1909

Here you see a view of Rockport from above Beach Street looking south. In the foreground is Back Beach. Towards the middle of the image is Front Beach. Farther on is the town of Rockport, where you can see the … Continue reading

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Episcopal Church, Rockport, Mass., circa 1915

Although it looks nothing like the present-day St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Broadway in Rockport, I believe this is the original structure, before the church was expanded out and up. In addition to the fact that the postcard identifies it … Continue reading

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Granite St. in Winter: Real Photo Card Signed by Cleaves, 1926

[Editor's update: Note the comment below that corrects me on the identity of the Emma Cleaves to whom this card was addressed. It was Charles Cleaves' mother Emma, not his sister Emma.] In this real-photo postcard (printed directly from a … Continue reading

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Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockport, Mass., circa 1907

This church, constructed in , stood at the corner of Jewett St. and Broadway in Rockport, at the location of the present Rockport United Methodist Church. The church pictured here was built in 1876, to replace the original church, which … Continue reading

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Swedish Lutheran Church, Pigeon Hill St., Pigeon Cove, Mass., circa 1900

This is an old photograph from the collection of Merry Seppala of Pigeon Cove. It shows the Swedish Lutheran Church that once stood on Pigeon Hill Street, where Pigeon Hill Court begins. In 1949, the church was moved to Stockholm … Continue reading

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Universalist Church, Rockport, Mass., circa 1907

The loss of a lawsuit in the early days of Sandy Bay was the genesis for the construction of this church, which still stands on Cleaves St. in downtown Rockport. On Feb. 27, 1821, several prominent residents of Sandy Bay … Continue reading

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Congregational Church, Pigeon Cove, Mass., circa 1908

This church, formerly known as the First Church of Christ, still stands today as the Pigeon Cove Chapel, located at 155 Granite St. The church actually grew out of a Sunday school. In 1857, two local teachers, Ellen H. Gott … Continue reading

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Swedish Church, Pigeon Cove, Mass., circa 1908

Swedish immigrants began arriving on Cape Ann in the late 1800s to work in the quarries. The first man to come from Sweden to Pigeon Cove was Peter Magnus Lilja in 1879, according to Barbara Erkkila’s history of the granite … Continue reading

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Odd Fellows Hall, Rockport, Mass., circa 1910

This building, which still stands at the corner of Broadway and School streets in Rockport, was originally built in 1855 as the chapel of the Second Congregational Church. By that year, attendance at the First Congregational Church (whose steeple you … Continue reading

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The Original St. Joachim’s Church, Rockport, Mass., c. 1915

This postcard shows the original St. Joachim’s Catholic Church on Broadway in Rockport. It was built in 1856 and stood until 1947, when it was razed to make room for construction of the larger church that now stands on the … Continue reading

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