1725 (ca.)The Broom Tavern was built at 79 Middle Street.Arts and Culture, Economy and Industry, Location and Setting, Buildings & Architecture, Local Businesses

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James Broom arrived in Gloucester from England in 1721. He rented this house from Joseph Foster in 1771, and kept a tavern and barbershop for three or four years. The building, which was known thereafter as Broom Tavern, was built before 1738 at 79 Middle St., and later moved to 6 Acacia St. Broom’s daughter Rebecca (Broom) Ingersoll was the first female barber in Gloucester. She worked first in this building and then in a shop on the corner of Middle and Pleasant Sts. along with her daughter Rebecca. The shop was a “noted place of resort for the merchants, ship-masters, sailors, and soldiers of those times.” (Babson, p. 459)

Fish, Prudence Paine. Antique Houses of Gloucester : The Families Who Built Them, the Mayor Who Moved Them and the Changing Face of the Harbor Village. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2007. Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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