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July 8, 1856, is an important date in the history of Rockport. On that summer morning, 200 wives, mothers, daughters and assorted supporters gathered in Dock Square to take part in an event that would have repercussions to this very day.

Brandishing hatchets, led by Hannah Jumper, they began their raid. In the words of Ebenezer Pool. an eyewitness. "...On finding any keg, jug, or cask having spirituous liquor in it...with their hatchets broke or otherways destroyed it...'' Who was Hannah Jumper? How did so many law abiding. homemakers find the courage to follow her'?

Hannah Jumper, a tall, redheaded, 31 year old seamstress, left her family's farm in Joppa and came to Rockport in 1812. Her talent with a needle and thread, along with her abilities to grow herbs and make medicinal brews from them, helped her to build a pleasant life in the small fishing community. Thus established, Hannah began to form lasting friendships with many of the women who would later join her in the rebellion against "demon rum".

Fishing was the mainstay of Rockport. However, the weather only permitted this activity for nine months of the year. Instead of finding other employment during their enforced threemonth "vacation." the men idled away their time and consumed enormous amounts of liquor.

Year after year, the economic deprivation caused by those periods of inactivity was worsened by the money spent on spirits. The women of the town grew increasingly frustrated and their patience wore thin. Hannah Jumper not only shared their feeling and their concerns, but she also became very outspoken on the subject.

Finally, in 1856. with the rise of the. temperance movement and the early rumblings of women's rights being heard, the women of Rockport met secretly to plot their historic raid. Only three men were considered trustworthy enough to be taken into their confidence.

On the morning of July 8, 1856 women from every corner of Rockport rallied around Hannah and five other women who had assumed leadership roles. Even at age 75, Hannah Jumper was still a formidable figure!

Secreting their weapons beneath lacy shawls, the protesters set out to destroy every drop of alcohol located in places they had marked (under cover of darkness) with a small white cross. Howls of outrage and threats of recriminations followed the progress of the "hatchet gang".

Five hours later. the weary but victorious women ended their revolt and went home to fix supper for their families.

One disgruntled target of the raid, Jim Brown, took the matter to court. The verdict, in favor of the women, was appealed time and time again. In the end, the original verdict was upheld and Brown was ordered to pay the court costs of $346.25 to the defendants.

Subsequently, Rockport became a ‘dry’ town, and remained so until 2005, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic beverages in local restaurants.



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Story of Hannah Jumper
Click for details on Story of Hannah Jumper July 8, 1856, is an important date in the history of Rockport. On that summer morning, 200 wives, mothers, daughters and assorted supporters gathered in Dock Square to take part in an event that would have repercussions to this very day. more  
Motif No. 1
Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966
Click for details on Motif No. 1 Images of Rockport's iconic fishing shack on Bearskin Neck are known and recognized throughout the world, and instantly familiar to any student of art or art history.
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The Paper House (1922)
52 Pigeon Hill Street
Rockport, MA 01966
978-546-2629
Click for details on The Paper House (1922) The Paper House is an actual house made from paper. more  
Sandy Bay Breakwater
An article which is believed to have appeared in Harper's Bazaar near the end of the nineteenth century.  
Thacher Island Association
 info@thacherisland.org
PO Box 73
Rockport, MA 01966
617-599-2590
Click for details on Thacher Island Association Standing 160 feet above the sea, the twin lighthouses of Thacher Island have stood guard over the coasts of Cape Ann for over 135 years. more  
Images of Rockport
Arlene Taliadoros Photography
35 John Wise Avenue
Essex, MA 01929
978-768-7810
Many of the photographs on this website were donated by Arlene.

 
Borsari Gallery
 images@borsarigallery.com
12 Tuna Wharf
Rockport, MA 01966
978-546-9683
978-356-0042
978-356-0042 (fax)
Click for details on Borsari Gallery ANDREW BORSARI is a native New Englander whose photographic career has spanned over fifty years. He has been self-taught since his early teens. Over the past twenty-three years he has devoted all his energy to personal and commissioned work that include f more  
Robinson-Cox
5 Haskell Court
Gloucester, MA 01930
Tom Robinson-Cox generously donated some of the photos you see on this website.  
Municipal Web Sites
Rockport Community Profile
Rockport, MA 01966
Prepared by the Rockport Chamber of Commerce.  
Rockport Public Library
17 School Street
Rockport, MA 01966
978-546-6934
978-546-1011 (fax)
The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 1-8pm; Tuesday and Sunday 1-5pm; and Saturday 10am-5pm. The Rockport Public Library provides free public internet access and is a WIFI hot spot. Click "more" for details. more  
Rockport Public Schools
24 Jerdens Lane
Rockport, MA 01966
978-546-1200
978-546-1205 (fax)
The official website of the Rockport Public Schools  
The Town of Rockport
Town Clerk
Broadway
Rockport, MA 01966
978-546-6894
The Town of Rockport's Municipal website.  
Travel Reference
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (located in Gloucester)
 info@capeannchamber.com
33 Commercial Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-1601
978-283-4740 (fax)
Click for details on Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (located in Gloucester) Serving Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester by-the-Sea. more  
City of Gloucester Official Visitor Website
9 Dale Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930
Complete listing of all travel related information for Gloucester, MA  
Crane Neck Christmas Tree Farm
114 Crane Neck Road
West Newbury, MA 01985
978-363-1272
978-270-9365
Harvest your own fresh Christmas tree. Over 30 acres to choose from. Open daily starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.  
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Click for details on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Travelers along the 85-mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway will experience the best of coastal New England: historic seaports, colonial era farms, village and city centers, and a wealth of period architecture. more  
Essex National Heritage Area
Designated in 1996 by the U.S. Congress, the Essex National Heritage Area covers the 500 square miles of eastern Massachusetts that lie north of Boston, and comprises thousands of historic, cultural, natural, and scenic points of interest. more  
The Foliage Network
 info@foliagenetwork.com
The Foliage Network was developed in 1999 to provide accurate foliage information for various locations across the United States during the months of September, October, and November. more  
Inns of Rockport
Rockport, MA 01966
Click for details on Inns of Rockport We, the Innkeepers of Rockport, are pleased to welcome you our seaside village, just north of Boston. more  
Motif No. 1
Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966
Click for details on Motif No. 1 Images of Rockport's iconic fishing shack on Bearskin Neck are known and recognized throughout the world, and instantly familiar to any student of art or art history.
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Thacher Island Association
 info@thacherisland.org
PO Box 73
Rockport, MA 01966
617-599-2590
Click for details on Thacher Island Association Standing 160 feet above the sea, the twin lighthouses of Thacher Island have stood guard over the coasts of Cape Ann for over 135 years. more  

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