You want picturesque seaside town? Rockport, Maine has got picturesque.
You want a quiet and beautiful harbor with schooners and fishing boats alike? Rockport’s got a quiet and beautiful harbor with plenty of small schooners and fishing boats.
You want great seafood? Rockport’s many restaurants are almost as teeming with fresh seafood as the Atlantic Ocean.
You want to see artists, craftspeople and the opportunity to purchase from the artists themselves? Rockport is known nationwide for its artists’ community. You won’t be disappointed in the fine arts and crafts you’ll be able to purchase here.
You want the chance to hike? There are trails and paths all over the place!
In a nutshell, if you love the arts, if you love the outdoors, if you love fine seafood, if you love to look at boats gently bobbing in a gorgeous harbor, then Rockport’s for you!
Settled in 1769, Rockport’s primary industries throughout most of the late 1700s and 1800s were lime production, ice exportation and – of course! – shipbuilding.
Rockport became one of the country’s leading lime producers by 1882. It also became known far and wide for its “Lily Pond Ice,” of which 50,000 tons of clear ice was harvested each year and then sent to different countries around the globe. It was purported that the ice was so clear that a person could read a newspaper placed under a thick layer of it.