"Old Castle" Sandy Bay Historical Society, Rocport

Historic houses of Rockport MA

This page displays the First Period and Georgian houses in Rockport, Massachusetts. Text is primarily from inventories provided by the Rockport Historical Commission in the 1980s, and are online through the Massachusetts Historical Commission site (MACRIS). Photos are from Google street images, Rockport Assessors site, and various realtor sites. Houses are displayed alphabetically in order of street name, and some house numbers may have changed. Dates of construction may be based on local tradition and should not be considered reliable unless verified. On the houses shown below, click on the RCP link to view the house at the MACRIS site, and click on the INV link to download a PDF file about the house, produced by the Rockport Historical Commission.

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1 Atlantic Ave Rockport
RCP.217 1 Atlantic Ave Rockport c 1760
14 Atlantic Ave Rockport
RCP.319 Norwood, Solomon House 14 Atlantic Ave Rockport r 1710. One of many 18th Century gambrel cottages for which Cape Ann is famous.
Old Castle, Castle Ln Rockport
RCP.20 Old Castle, Castle Ln Rockport c 1715. Owned by the Sandy Bay Historical Society. The Oxford Tree Ring Laboratory issued a dendrochronology report on this house: When first built, the Old Castle consisted of hall and parlor disposed on either side of a central chimney with two chambers and an attic above. The felling date of the timbers in the house of 1712 neatly coincides with the construction date suggested by the deed history. In 1792, Benjamin Wheeler, Jr. conveyed to western half to his son, John Dane “in consideration of twenty-five pounds expended and laid out in building a back leanter (or long kitchen room) the whole length of my dwelling house”. Thus the construction date of the lean-to can be pinpointed much more exactly than is usually the case.
69 Curtis St., Rockport MA
RCP.23 Woodbury, Andrew Jr. House 69 Curtis St. Rockport c 1754
RCP.7 Gott House Gott Ave Rockport r 1715. One of many 18th Century gambrel cottages for which Cape Ann is famous.

The oldest part of the plank-framed gambrel-roofed cottage on Gott St. was built in 1702. The rooms left of the chimney were added in the 18th Century. The interior retains significant period woodwork. The house has been handed down through the generations and has never been sold. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

7 Granite St Rockport
RCP.59 Butnam, John House 7 Granite St Rockport c 1760
188 Granite St Rockport
RCP.12 Old Garrison House 188 Granite St Rockport c 1711. The Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory issued the following findings: “Felling Dates: Summer 1709, Spring 1711. This building is constructed principally of tamarack or eastern larch logs. However, the two boxed-heart chimney girts in the first floor ceiling are of slow-grown white oak, as well as the left-hand girt. All three timbers retained complete sapwood. The right-hand girt was also likely to be of oak, but this was concealed.”
RCP.93 32 High St Rockport r 1740. One of many 18th Century gambrel cottages for which Cape Ann is famous.
RCP.322 30 King St Rockport r 1770
20 Main St Rockpor
RCP.74 Cleaveland, Rev. Ebenezer House 20 Main St Rockport 1753
99 Main St Rockport
RCP.85 Poole, Ebenezer Jr. House 99 Main St Rockport c 1769
14 Mill Ln Rockpor
RCP.460 Tarr, John House 14 Mill Ln Rockport c 1720
 28 Mount Pleasant St Rockport
RCP.115 Gott, Capt. John House 28 Mount Pleasant St Rockport c 1745
38 Mount Pleasant St Rockport
RCP.178 38 Mount Pleasant St Rockport c 1750. One of many 18th Century gambrel cottages for which Cape Ann is famous.
51 Mount Pleasant St Rockport
RCP.114 51 Mount Pleasant St Rockport r 1720
53 Mount Pleasant St Rockport
RCP.116 Norwood, Caleb House 53 Mount Pleasant St Rockport c 1745
RCP.117 55 Mount Pleasant St Rockport c 1775
CP.180 2 South St Rockport 1756.One of many 18th Century gambrel cottages for which Cape Ann is famous.
10 South St Rockport 1718
RCP.184 10 South St Rockport 1718
RCP.206 13 South St Rockport c 1740. One of many 18th Century gambrel cottages for which Cape Ann is famous.
RCP.206 13 South St Rockport c 1740. One of many 18th Century gambrel cottages for which Cape Ann is famous.
15 South St Rockport c 1730
RCP.205 15 South St Rockport c 1730