Babson Boulders at home

The Babson Boulders of Dogtown are one of the harder-to-find attractions in Gloucester; you have to download a map and go trekking through the woods. It’s well worth the walk, and can be a lot of fun (especially when it isn’t tick-and-mosquito season).

But you can also get your own miniature, customized “Babson Boulders” at home. Here’s mine:



It was a gift from the artist, my friend Michael Foley.  I don’t know of anyone else who makes these!  You can see more of his work, including other “boulders”, on his website or on Facebook. He also has work at “The Art Nook” on Bearksin Neck.

Matthew Green


Did You Know (Babson Farm)

That on the 28th of December 1658 James was granted “twelve acres of fresh meadow [at Beaver Dam] lying above the Mill, also twenty acres of upland lying by the side of it”? (Gloucester Town Records 1: 71) This was where he and his wife settled and was known as the James Babson farm. It was here that he built the little stone cooperage shop, still standing today and open to visitors every summer. The barrels he made here were taken to Good Harbor Beach, filled with fish and shipped to England, the West Indies, etc. Roger W. Babson’s research indicated that James Babson’s stone shop was the first factory on Cape Ann.
E.J. Lefavour

photos of James Babson Farm Cooperage and historical marker
Photos by E.J. Lefavour