The Gloucester Historical Commission has taken the lead on a project to get the historic Dogtown area named to the National Register of Historic Places (NR). They invited the collaboration of the Rockport Historical Commission, which has been supportive. Members of the Rockport Rights of Way Committee (RoW) have also been closely following the project in the early planning stages.
A team of archaeologists has been hired to survey the “Greater Dogtown Area” the week of November 14-16, to document geologic features and historical sites of interest, in both Gloucester and Rockport, and to establish the “boundaries” of the historic area for the NR application. RoW has given the team a list of Rockport “features” and guided the team to some of these sites.
There is a public informational session planned for Wednesday, November 29 at 7 PM in Gloucester City Hall, where the archaeologists and city officials will review the project in detail, explain what National Register status would mean for the area, and respond to questions from the public.
They are seeking support for the project, and invite all those interested to attend and be heard on November 29.