Community Landscape
Rockport is a picturesque small town of about 5000 people in the shadow of the neighboring city of Gloucester (population 30,000). Historically, Rockport was a community founded on the fishing and granite industries. Rockport granite was carved from quarries throughout the 19th and into the 20th centuries, and used to construct some of America’s most famous monuments and buildings. Many of the descendants of the European immigrants who came to work the quarries still live in town. But before the quarries, drawing fish from the waters off New England was the primary industry. With the decline of the commercial fishing industry in the late 20th century, Rockport transitioned to become a bedroom community and a desirable tourist destination. Today, it boasts a waterfront that attracts thousands of visitors each year to its shops, art studios, musical venues, and seafood restaurants.