1796The town built an almshouse (sometimes referred to as a poorhouse or workhouse).Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Infrastructure, City Government

Gloucester City Archives, CC186, Box 43, FF1
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Previously the poor had been boarded in the community at the expense of the town. The almshouse was on Granite Street and served the town for about fifty years.

Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997.
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