1930The State of Massachusetts placed various historical markers to celebrate the state’s tercentenary.Events & Anniversaries, State Events

Champlain historical marker on East Main Street, c. 1930s. Alfred Bernard, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 22361
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The posts and tablets are made of cast iron, with identical text on both sides so that passers-by from either direction would be able to read the inscriptions. Each of the markers highlights a piece of state history. Gloucester’s include Samuel de Champlain (Eastern Port Road and Rocky Neck Avenue); Settlement of Cape Ann (Route 127 at the entrance to Stage Fort Park); Planters Neck (River Road, Annisquam); and First House (Stage Fort Park), which may be missing. Rockport’s include Old First Parish Burying Ground (Beach Street); First Settler (Main Street); John Pool (King and Smith Streets); Old Stone Fort (Bear Skin Neck); Bear Skin Neck (Dock Square); Samuel de Champlain (South Street); and Benjamin Tarr House (South Street).

Massachusetts. Special commission on the celebration of the tercentenary of the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Historical markers erected by Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission. Boston: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1930. “The Tercentenary Markers - Restoring 300 Years of Massachusetts State History with CPA | Community Preservation Coalition.” https://www.communitypreservation.org/cpa-success-stories/news/tercentenary-markers-restoring-300-years-massachusetts-state-history-cpa
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