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Check out Cape Ann!

There is another world beyond the South Shore that many of us may not be aware of.  New Year’s Day we headed up to Cape Ann, the North Shore’s answer to our Cape Cod.

I will concede that Cape Ann is smaller and less touristy but it’s a cool spot with tons of history, beauty and charm.

We checked out the Fishermen’s Memorial in Gloucester and read several of the names on the plaques that surround the park where it resides. There are also several beaches and harbors that house the massive fishing fleet.

Up the road is Rockport, which is surprisingly similar to Provincetown on Cape Cod.  There are small, tight streets lined with artsy shops and beautiful views of the Atlantic.

 

We also snapped some photos of Motif #1, one of the most often painted buildings in America. I wish we were able to spend more time there!

Check out Cushing Park…


Cushing State Park

Did you know the there was a Supreme Court Justice from Scituate? And there’s a state park (among other things) named in recognition of him? Or that this park is one of the smallest in the entire United States?

Right off of Neal Gate Street resides the park and burial place of Justice William Cushing and other family members.  There is a small parking area, a mulched path and beautiful stone wall that surrounds the grounds.

A local Scout troop did some work here recently and you can watch the video here.

Justice Cushing also has a plaque on a large rock at the Scituate rotary.

Why was he so special? When you read the sign at the park you’ll see this progressive jurist shaped early American ideology and was instrumental in the early opposition to slavery.

A Lil’ Scituate History!

I’ve been living in Scituate for a little over six years now.  While driving around I’ve come across some pretty cool historical sites in the area.  Scituate is one of the oldest settled towns in North America, and I always imagine what this area looked like in the 1600’s.gristmill4

I decided to do some exploring on my own. There’s a ton of info out there on the history of this area, but to physically be up close and personal to these sites is a different experience than reading about it.

Since the boat is now winterized, and the fish have all moved south, we’ll spend some time checking out what makes Scituate so special from a historical perspective. gristmill9

 

Old Stockbridge Grist Mill gristmill8

 

The first place I came across is the Old Stockbridge Grist Mill. It’s right at the Rotary across from Old Oaken Bucket Pond.  There’s a little parking area and information kiosk on Country Way.gristmill1  You’ll see tons of signage with info, a little park and trail, mill artifacts and the mill building itself.gristmill5gristmill7

gristmill3Old Stockbridge Grist Mill is the oldest one in the U.S. and was an important part of the economy back in 1650. Worth a 10 minute visit coming back from the transfer station!