Introduction

eastern point light
Geoff Rand
Eastern Point Light

Gloucester's magnificent natural harbor is easy to enter in any weather. European fishermen recognized its appeal in the early 1600s, and the evolution of the fishing industry has shaped the city over four centuries.

Since the mid 1800s, artists too have found inspiration along Gloucester's shores. Harborscapes by Fitz Henry Lane and Winslow Homer are among the most important American marine paintings, and an active group of Cape Ann artists continue to paint in their wake.

Gloucester today has a vibrant shoreside community whose cultural origins span the maritime world. It's a particular favorite of ours when the weather turns dismal.

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