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(978) 546-3111 or e-mail
Mooring Stone Bed and Breakfast
P O Box 401, 12 Norwood Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
tel: 978-546-3111 text: 978-290-2927
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Mooring Stone Bed and Breakfast is located on the North Shore, in Essex County, on the island of Cape Ann, in the town of Rockport, Massachusetts. It’s about 40 miles northeast of Boston. It’s accessible by car, bicycle and train (commuter rail out of North Station, Boston, MA).
There are on-site parking spaces and bike racks.
Train pick-up service is offered.
Going north on Route I-95, take Route 128 north toward Gloucester. Follow Route 128 over the Annisquam River (A. Piatt Andrew Bridge), through two (2) rotaries to the signal light at the intersection of Route 128/127.
Turn left onto Route 127 (Eastern Avenue) toward Rockport. Follow Route 127/Eastern Avenue/Main Street for three miles to the “five corners” intersection.
Bear right onto Route 127A/Broadway and go to the end (landmark: lighthouse statue-island). Turn right onto Mt. Pleasant Street. Take second left onto Norwood Avenue. (#12 is on the right, just before the stop sign.)
From Boston/North Station, take the Newburyport/Rockport Line, making sure you get a train with “Rockport” as its destination (not “Newburyport”).
Commuter Rail Schedules Website: www.mbta.com
Rockport Fun Fact
Mooring Stones were first cut from Rockport Granite around 1710 by Joshua Norwood for local fishermen.
The mooring stone in our front yard is one of the few remaining from the early days of Rockport which was then called ‘Sandy Bay.’ From the History of Rockport published in 1878:
“These were slabs of granite about 6 feet square and 10-15 inches thick with a hole in the center 15 inches in diameter, through which a part of the trunk of a white-oak tree, about 20 feet in length, with a portion of the roots attached was put. They were then lowered into the sea in the coves of Cape Ann for the fishing boats to tie on to.”
Other mooring stones can be seen throughout the town (Atlantic Avenue Granite Pier, Halibut Point State Park) and in the harbor at low tide.