1719The town built its first work-house (poorhouse).Arts and Culture, Government and Public Service, Location and Setting, Buildings & Architecture, City Government

Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762, p. 99
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The building was located on Governor’s Hill and was 24 or 26 feet long and 12 feet wide. The size of this small building was indicative of the few people in need in Gloucester at that time. Ruth Miller was the first occupant and stayed in the house so long it was sometimes referred to as “Ruth Miller’s House.” Nathaniel Parsons was paid £20 to build the house.

Gloucester Selectmen’s Records, 1699-1721. 1721, https://archive.org/details/001SelectmensRecords16991721001/mode/2up Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762, https://archive.org/details/GLOOriginalRecords16941762Images/mode/2up 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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