A Narrated Walk from the CAM Green to Oak Hill Cemetery

Friday, November 6

10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Outdoor Walking Tours

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(left) Entrance to Oak Hill Cemetery, Gloucester, 2013; (right) Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Cemetery in Gloucester, 1920s. Conte crayon on paper. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of Robert L. and Elizabeth French, 2009.


In January 1865, the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston purchased land on Poplar Street in Gloucester’s Riverdale neighborhood to be used as a cemetery. Known today as Oak Hill, it is the resting place for many of Cape Ann’s leading citizens as well as scores of ordinary townspeople. This walk will include stops at the gravesites of a Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, a young Italian boy who drowned in a quarry pit in Rockport in 1891 and Capt. Joseph P. Mesquita, an influential member of Gloucester’s Portuguese community a century ago. You will also see the corner of the cemetery captured by American artist Edward Hopper during one of his visits to Gloucester in the 1920s.

This narrated walk will start at the new Cape Ann Museum Green (13 Poplar Street, Gloucester) and will proceed along Poplar Street to the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Masks are required for all participants and dogs are not permitted.



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