Gloucester is the nation’s oldest seaport, established in 1623. Today it is the ninth largest fishing port in the nation. It is a city with a vibrant cultural life punctuated with city-wide ethnic celebrations. Art, too, is our living heritage. Artists continue to come to this city for its reflected light, its working waterfront, and to join its large artistic community.
First fishermen, then artists and writers, industry, and innovation—Gloucester beckons and its allure hasn’t stopped. It doesn’t take much to imagine America’s oldest working waterfront/seaport as it was centuries ago in part because it retains the same bones and remains a working waterfront.
Blessed with natural beauty and nearing five centuries of rich heritage, art, architecture, innovation, and culture, Gloucester continues to inspire invention, creativity, study, and reverence.