Historical visits & Landmarks

Massachusetts is steeped in American history, and Cape Ann is no exception. Fun for families and history buffs, take a day to appreciate the roots of Rockport and Gloucester.

Hammond Castle

Explore a unique castle, built in the early 20th century by John Hayes Hammond, Jr. This castle houses a collection of unique Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts as well as a stunning interior. Take a tour or explore on your own!
Location: 80 Hesperus Ave. Gloucester

Motif No. 1

Rockport`s famous fishing shack is said to be one of the most painted buildings in America. It has been featured in a number of movies, including a brief appearence in the dentist`s office in Finding Nemo and in the 2009 RomCom The Proposal . Stroll down bearskin neck to check out the surrounding art galleries and get a picture with this iconic building.
Location: Bradley Wharf, Rockport

Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann has a significant artistic and industrial history. You can explore several different aspects of the area`s history in Cape Ann Museum. The museum also boasts a fine art collection, and is a cultural hub for locals. Visit the website to see the upcoming events and activities.
Location: 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

Eastern Point Lighthouse

Visit one of Gloucester`s beautiful lighthouses! Located on the East side of Glouceser Harbor, visitors are allowed to drive up to the lighthouse to take in the sweeping views.
Location: East side of Gloucester Harbor entrance

Fisherman’s Memorial Monument

As America`s oldest seaport, Gloucester erected a statue in 1926 to honor 300 years of fisherman who were lost at sea. The statue is surrounded by names of those lost at sea from 1761 to 2001. Check out this historic monument while taking in the strength of the sea in front of it.
Location: Eastern Ave., Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester

Take the kids to Maritime Gloucester to explore the wonders of the ocean! From fishing history to a small aquarium, this establishment is a great way to get educated about the things that impact the creatures of the sea.
Location: 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester

Rocky Neck Art Colony

Keep up with the art scene on Cape Ann by visiting the Rocky Neck Art Colony website. Check out current events and local galleries to add to your itinerary during your stay.
Location: 6 Wonson Street • Gloucester, MA

Rockport Art Association and Museum

One of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. RAA&M is a "prominent cultural beacon" in Cape Ann. Check out their website for the latest events and exhibitions.
Location: 12 Main Street, Rockport