Tag Archives: Thacher Island

Cape Ann Light, Rockport, Mass., circa 1920

This postcard offers a somewhat unusual view of the Twin Lights of Thacher Island. Closest of the two is the southern lighthouse, which today is owned by the town of Rockport. The chimney sticking up just to the left of … Continue reading

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Thatcher Island Lights from Turk’s Head Inn Piazza, c. 1918

As I’ve previously noted, the Turk’s Head Inn was long considered Rockport’s grandest hotel. No doubt, this view was part of its appeal. According to the caption, this picture is form the inn’s piazza, looking out over Loblolly Cove towards … Continue reading

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View from Straitsmouth Inn, Rockport, Mass., circa 1920

Last August, I put up a postcard showing a tennis court looking out towards Straitsmouth Island. I speculated that the tennis court was part of the old Straitsmouth Inn, on Gap Head Road off Marmion Way.  Now, here is another … Continue reading

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Thacher’s Island, Loblolly and Haskell’s Camp, Rockport, Mass., circa 1920

This view of Thacher Island and Loblolly Cove was probably looking out from somewhere in the vicinity of the old Turk’s Head Inn. As the caption says, it also shows Haskell’s Camp, although it is hard to make out here. … Continue reading

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The Northern Lighthouse on Thatcher’s Island, Rockport, Mass., circa 1920

Built in 1861, this is one of the twin lighthouses that stand on Thacher Island off the Rockport coast. Today, the north tower shown here is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and maintained by the town of … Continue reading

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Found on the Web: Loblolly Cove and the Twin Lights, c. 1890

This photograph from the early 1890s shows the twin lighthouses of Thacher Island, with Loblolly Cove in the foreground. It would have been taken from somewhere above where Eden Road runs today. According to this 1885 map of the area, … Continue reading

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Found on the Web: Good Harbor Beach, 1890

This photograph shows Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, circa 1890. The twin lighthouses of Thacher Island are dimly visible in the background, between Salt Island to the right and Brier Neck to the left. Note the barns where the footbridge … Continue reading

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1940 Census Records Show Residents of Thacher Island

In April, the U.S. National Archives published online the full set of records from the 1940 United States census. The records are published as images and have not been indexed, so they are a bit difficult to search. However, you … Continue reading

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Thatcher’s Island By Night, Rockport, Mass., 1924

This nighttime view of the northern lighthouse on Thacher Island is the product of the 1920s version of Photoshop. The image was colored to make it appear to be night, but the exact same image appears as a daytime view in … Continue reading

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Twin Lights off Rockport, Cape Ann, Mass., circa 1902

The coloring is beautiful in this view of the Twin Lights on Thacher Island. The two men on the rocks appear to be looking not at the island, but at something to the left of it. We can only imagine … Continue reading

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