Gloucester Harbor was the first settlement in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Settled in 1623 by men from Dorchester, England, it pre-dates Salem (1626) and Boston (1630). The Dorchester party landed at Half Moon Beach and settled there in what is known today as Stage Fort Park.
Today, Gloucester Harbor and Cape Ann are popular destinations for tourists and vacationers looking for a quiet retreat from the busy world. The City of Gloucester proudly boasts its status as "America's oldest seaport." Champlain called it "Le Beauport" when he saw its beautiful harbor with rugged rocky shores.
Visitors to Gloucester Harbor will enjoy awesome natural beauty, colonial history, a picturesque working port, and a world-class art colony. Less than an hour from Boston, Gloucester Harbor offers summer cottages and quaint bed-and-breakfasts where visitors can stay while they explore the historic area of Cape Ann.
The Fishermen's Memorial, also known as "The Man At The Wheel," was commissioned as part of the celebration of Gloucester's 300th anniversary in 1923. The statue is a tribute to the more than 10,000 Gloucester fishermen who have lost their lives at sea over the centuries and a reminder that fishing is America's most dangerous occupation.
Gloucester City Hall is a historic city hall at Dale Avenue in Gloucester, Massachusetts. It was built in 1869-1871 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. This is part of its north tower,