Dogtown National Register Project

a gathering to talk about Rockport aspects of the project
Event Date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:00pm


Town Hall Annex, Lobby
26 Broadway
Rockport, MA 01966
United States

Join us Monday November 20th at 7:00 PM to talk about Rockport aspects of putting Dogtown in the National Register of Historic Places. We will meet in the lobby of Town Hall Annex to review tours by the archaeology contractors last week, and to prepare for their public information session in Gloucester on November 29.

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.

The Rockport Rights of Way Committee is hosting a meeting Monday, November 20, at 7 PM at Rockport Town Hall Annex, to prepare for the meeting in Gloucester on the 29th.   Discussion items include:      

  • Update on the project, including information from the Survey team’s site visits this week
  • Rockport features for possible inclusion in the application for NR status.  Are there others? Which are most important?   
  • Points to make in comments at the public informational meeting on November 29, in support of the project
  • Potential speakers from Rockport at the November 29 meeting

Anyone with an interest in this project – and, in particular, the role of Rockport – is encouraged to attend our preparatory meeting Monday, November 20, 7 PM at the Town Hall Annex. 

We hope you can join us!