Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Beaches Inn (a/k/a Cape Hedge Inn), Rockport, Mass., circa 1965

This inn at the very end of South Street in Rockport, just above Cape Hedge beach, burned to the ground in the late 1970s. The ruins can still be seen there today. For many years, it was called the Cape … Continue reading

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Surf at Headlands, Rockport, Mass., circa 1910

Here is a beautiful postcard showing the view from The Headlands — the granite dome on the southeast side of the mouth of Rockport harbor — looking northwest across Sandy Bay towards Pigeon Cove. This postcard was printed by The … Continue reading

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Portion of Long Beach, Gloucester-Rockport, Mass., circa 1936

This late-1930s postcard shows a colorized view of Long Beach, which straddles the Rockport-Gloucester line. Except for the cottages, Long Beach has barely changed from early descriptions of it. Consider this description from the 1873 book, Pigeon Cove and Vicinity, by … Continue reading

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Turks Head Inn, Rockport, Mass., circa 1910

As I’ve noted before, the Turk’s Head Inn was long considered Rockport’s finest resort. It stood at the location of the present-day Cape Hedge Inn, at the intersection of South Street and Thatcher Road in the area of town known … Continue reading

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Found on the Web: Rockport Harbor, 1905

Here is a 1905 view of Rockport harbor, shot from the steeple of the Congregational Church. Click on the image for an enlarged view. I believe this is from the Detroit Publishing Company, many of whose images were reproduced as … Continue reading

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The Old Stone Wharves, Rockport, Mass., circa 1925

These two postcards show the exact same scene and come from the same publisher, but there are subtle differences between them. In particular, note the clouds — they are vastly different in the two views. The probable reason for this … Continue reading

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The Building of the Sandy Bay Breakwater, 1894 article

There is a great discussion going on over at the Good Morning Gloucester blog about the building of the Sandy Bay Breakwater. I previously published a post about the history of this ill-fated project, but I thought I’d also share … Continue reading

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