Rockport, Maine: Birthplace of the Inventor of the Donut Hole

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Address:
179 Old County Rd, Rockport, ME
Directions:
Drive south of town 3.5 miles on US-1. Veer right onto Old County Rd. Drive one mile. Turn right into the parking lot of the Nativity Lutheran Church. You'll see the small monument outside, between the parking lot and church.
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Doughnut hole inventor.

Birthplace of the Inventor of the Donut Hole

Hanson Gregory was a sailor who invented the donut hole in 1847. A small plaque, erected on the captain's birth site, commemorates that world-changing event.

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June 22, 1847: Donut Hole Invented

Invention of the Donut Hole: June 22, 1847

You might not think much about the hole in the donut -- the snack, not the Medicare coverage gap -- but someone had to invent it, and that someone was Hanson Crockett Gregory. He was a sailor, only 15 years old, when he grew sick of the blobs of half-raw dough he was fed aboard ship, and realized that they would fry much better with a hole in the middle. The date was June 22, 1847, and 100 years later his hometown of Rockport, Maine, erected a monument at his birthplace to honor this gastronomic visionary. Hanson lived long enough to be celebrated for his invention, but he could hardly have dreamed of how vital his creation would be to the modern motel breakfast bar, corporate meeting snack tray, and those who must eat and drive.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 06/22/2022]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Owls Head Transportation MuseumOwls Head Transportation Museum, Owl's Head, ME - 5 mi.
Andre the Seal StatueAndre the Seal Statue, Rockport, ME - 4 mi.
Prison Gift ShopPrison Gift Shop, Thomaston, ME - 6 mi.
In the region:
Moxie Bottle House, Union, ME - 11 mi.

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