1836Irish immigrants arrived to work in the quarries.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Industry, Immigration

Samuel Chamberlain, Abandoned granite quarries, Rockport, c. 1928-1939, Samuel Chamberlain Photograph Negatives Collection, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:bz60gm710
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“When Yankee stonecutters at Pigeon Cove and elsewhere on the Cape heard the news that Irish immigrants were coming to work with them in the quarries, they were so indignant they exploded a series of charges of black powder under the foundation of the little house and barn being prepared on the Rockport side of the arched bridge. Those stonecutters were convinced they would never welcome an Irishman in their midst, and they rained rocks down on the ‘Irish Home’ whenever they got a chance.” (Erkkila, 120-121)

Erkkila, Barbara H. Hammers on Stone: A History of Cape Ann Granite. 1st ed, TBW Books, 1980.
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