23 Dogtown & Babson Builders - Gloucester HarborWalk
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23 Dogtown & Babson Builders

© Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester MA

Born and raised on 58 Middle Street, business theorist and investor Roger Babson hired unemployed stone cutters to inscribe more than two-dozen boulders during the Depression. He hoped that words such as “industry,” “initiative,” and “integrity” would inspire people as they walked through Dogtown Common in the center of Cape Ann. He founded three colleges as well as Gloucester’s Isabel Memorial Library.

Boulders © Ellen Lefavour photographs

Boulders © Ellen Lefavour photographs


Savespiritual powerstudy2Be Clean4_black and whitetruth2Use Your HeadworkBe True4Use Your Head2Be Clean4_black and whiteBe on TimeCourageGet A Job2ideas edited 5x7help mother4If Work Stops Values DecayIdealsindustrykindnessIntegrity2 5x7 colorindustry2intelligence 5x7loyaltyKeep out of Debt2prosperity follows service

Driving Directions to Trailhead for Babson Boulders

Driving Directions to Trailhead


Cherry St / Dogtown Common Entrance, Gloucester, MA, 01930

Driving Directions:

Rte-128 North to Gloucester and the first rotary (Grant Circle). Take the exit to Rte- 127/Annisquam (Washington St). Follow Washington St. to Reynard St. on your right (about 1 mile). Turn right onto Reynard St, then left onto Cherry St. at the end of Reynard St. Follow Cherry St. a short distance to the entrance to Dogtown Common on your right (there will be a brown sign). Drive up the hill to a parking area with a sign; you may also park along the road. From Gloucester / Rockport, go to the Grant Circle and follow the above directions.


Babson boulders found! See trail maps and (don't) get lost. BeOn Time.

Explore! Babson boulders found! See maps and (don't) get lost. BeOn Time.

courtesy Eric “Dacron” Bickernicks who maintains an excellent website devoted to Dogtown

View, save, print  map of Boulder Trail with GPS coordinates

Marsden Hartley poem listen

Hartley poem listen

Hartley poem listen

Marsden Hartley and other artists and writers have created works inspired by Dogtown.

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