There are some vacation destinations that are known to many, widely publicized and overcrowded. These type of locations usually have a number of first class resorts in the area and may even include attractions like a world famous amusement park or event center. For those seeking a vacation or long weekend at that kind of tourist stop, Gloucester, Massachusetts is not for them.
Gloucester has a long and storied history with many industries associated with all things maritime. The town has served the nation well as a center of fishing activity over the years and to this day contains many of the best colonial fishing village areas still left in the country. There are a great many things known about this area of the country, but here are five things you may not know about Gloucester, Massachusetts and the surrounding area.
1. One of the pioneers in the development of the remote control was John Hays Hammond Jr, sometimes referred to as the father of radio control. One of the more beautiful and recognizable structures in Gloucester is the Hammond Castle which Hammond built to serve as both his home and the laboratory he would use during the development of his inventions. Today, the interior serves as a museum showing off much of the work of Hammond as well as interesting medieval items. The grounds of the estate are often used for local events, celebrations, and sometimes weddings.
2. A number of films have been set, and even filmed in Gloucester including The Good Son, Author! Author!, Mermaids, Moonlight Mile, Captains Courageous, The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming, Stuck On You and of course The Perfect Storm.
3. Aside from the fishing industry, Gloucester has a long history with artists and the art world. The oldest art colony in the entire United States is the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester.
4. The most famous seafood business associated with Gloucester is Gorton’s of Gloucester which features the Gorton’s Fisherman. The company was originally named John Pew & Sons, and then Gorton-Pew Fisheries, before its final name change came during the mid-1950s.
5. Some of the notable residents who have lived in Gloucester at one time or another include Willie Alexander (a member of The Velvet Underground), Clarence Birdseye (known as the founder of the frozen food industry), Whoopi Goldberg (comedian and actress), Adam Horovitz (a member of The Beastie Boys), Alfred Johnson (first one-man crossing of the Atlantic Ocean), and Reverend Sun Myung Moon (Unification Church leader).
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