1823The quarry industry started in Pigeon Cove.Economy and Industry, Granite Industry

The rocks at low tide, Pigeon Cove, Mass, postcard, https://digitalheritage.noblenet.org/s/gloucester/item/4933
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Nehemiah Knowlton cut about five hundred tons of stone from cobbles. He advertised his stone for sale in a Boston newspaper, which caught the interest of Major Bates of Quincy, Massachusetts. The next year, Bates engaged in the business of quarrying and brought William Torrey, also of Quincy, whom he employed for about a year. This was the genesis of the granite industry on Cape Ann.

Chamberlain, Allen. Pigeon Cove : Its Early Settlers & Their Farms, 1702-1840. Village Improvement Society of Pigeon Cove, 1940. Erkkila, Barbara H. Hammers on Stone: A History of Cape Ann Granite. 1st ed, TBW Books, 1980. Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888, http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd
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