Halibut Point State Park sits on the northeast tip of Cape Ann in Rockport, Massachusetts.  Originally termed “Haul-about” Point in the 17th Century due to its location, a spot where the prevailing wind currents, northeast and southwest, tend to shift, indicating mariners should “haul-about” their sails, this uniquely beautiful coastal landscape of fifty-five acres is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation with twelve abutting acres belonging to The Trustees of Reservations.  Halibut Point is open year-round for you to explore its trails and tidepools, picnic on its rocky ledges, enjoy its sweeping views, and learn about the nature and history of Cape Ann.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the park is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily with a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle; the rest of the year the park is open from sunrise to sunset.  Site of the former Babson Farm Quarry and with a Visitors Center and museum in a former World War Two artillery fire control tower, Halibut Point features an onsite park interpreter and free educational/entertainment/nature programs for the public from April thru October.  Click here to download a park brochure. Directions: Halibut Point State Park is located approximately forty miles north of Boston.  The best approach is to take Rt. 128 north toward Gloucester and Rockport.  After crossing the Annisquam River bridge, go three-quarters way around the first rotary, following signs for Rt. 127 north (Annisquam and Pigeon Cove).  After approximately six miles, turn left at the park sign by the Old Farm Inn onto Gott Ave.  From downtown Rockport, drive north on Rt. 127 for three miles, turning right onto Gott Ave.  The phone number at Halibut Point State Park is 978-546-2997. This is the blog of park interpreter John Ratti (johnrai@aol.com) and will be used to inform the public about Halibut Point State Park events and programs, answer questions and field comments, and to provide historical, cultural and environmental information about the park and its programs. 



11 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. 1 Carole Koudsi April 3, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    COOL! I’m very excited about these programs. I hope many people will come out to enjoy! Best Wishes!

  2. 2 Gail April 9, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    This is great John. I think you have done a great job!

  3. 3 Mike May 12, 2007 at 2:28 am

    Great job with the blog John.
    Mike from Walden

  4. 4 Kellie May 13, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    VERY nice job, John- nice commentary and pics! Look forward to viewing updates throughout the season.

  5. 5 Harold W. Youmans May 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    I am the Editor of a small quarterly, The Journal of the War of 1812. We feature interesting places to visit each quarter and would like to discuss your 1812 exhibit with your interpreter or other.

    As it happens we are featuring Massachusetts in our Summer Issue.

    Kindly have someone respond to this request to meet our June 10th deadline.


    Harold W. Youmans,
    Editor, Journal of the War of 1812

  6. 6 Dawn June 21, 2008 at 4:14 am

    I had no idea all of these programs were available at Haul-about point. I cannot wait to start vistiting. I have my husband all excited about it as well.

  7. 7 diane December 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    My friends and I attend all the Summer Sounds Series concerts. I can’t think of a better way to spend my Sunday afternoons. We sometimes stay until sunset just taking in the surroundings.

  8. 8 Niece March 3, 2009 at 8:18 am

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

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  9. 9 Donald Maynard Montrose July 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    My grandfather (Issac Maynard Montrose), from Bayview, was for many years captain of a granite stone freighter employed by Rockport Granite Company.
    I often hear reference to Cape Ann granite being shipped to Havana, Cuba but I cannot find a single detail beyond that general reference. I’m starving to learn more if anyone knows where in Havana the stone might have been used. I visit the city on occasion and will be there again this winter and will inquire at the Office Of The City Historian. They keep incredibly detailed records going back to the day of Christopher Columbus. Anyone know anything.

    • 10 halibutpoint July 20, 2009 at 11:21 pm

      Hi Don,

      Granite from Cape Ann was used as paving stones for streets in Cuba. I cannot in this space detail all the information, but I urge you to contact that Sandy Bay Historical Society in Rockport, MA.

  10. 11 Susan F. July 8, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Will visit this week! Thank you for this fascinating and detailed article!

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