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Gloucester, Massachusetts: Dogtown Ghost Town and Babson Boulders

New England ghost town with an overgrown path of boulders inscribed with inspirational slogans. "USE YOUR HEAD."

Dogtown Rd, Gloucester, MA
Hwy 128 to Grant Circle rotary. Take third right to Washington St./Hwy 127. Take first right onto Poplar St. Take first left onto Cherry St. After about a half-mile, turn right onto Dogtown Rd (look for the Dogtown Common sign). Follow Dogtown Rd to its end at a gate and begin walk at site map.
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The Babson Boulders

If you plan to visit the Babson Boulders (Dogtown Common), look for a map on Google ahead of time, as the trails aren't that obvious without one. Also, consider attempting these trails during the Fall though early Spring. They can get quite weedy in the Summer.

[Steve Hansen, 04/10/2018]

Use Your Head boulder.

Dogtown Ghost Town and Babson Boulders

At the Babson Boulders, the mosquitoes are aggressive. Bring insect repellent.

[Nathin, 08/22/2010]

Loyalty boulder.

Dogtown Ghost Town and Babson Boulders

Part ghost town, part crazy old man story, "Dogtown" is a fun oasis in the middle of Cape Ann on the North Shore of Massachusetts. North of Boston and between the towns of Gloucester and Rockport, Dogtown was once home to a bustling farm and mill community on a plateau over the ocean. First settled in the 1740s, the area got its name from Revolutionary War and War of 1812 widows lived in the area with their companion dogs.

The area fell into disrepair in the early 19th Century and the last house was torn down in 1845. Along the old Dogtown Road, rock walls mark the sides of the carriage road as well as some of the properties that once sided the road. The center of Dogtown Common is marked with a boulder bearing the letters "D.T. SQ". There are stories of the last residents of Dogtown being suspected witches, but there's very little evidence of that now.

While a rare abandoned town in New England would be interesting enough, the area is also marked by two dozen boulders inscribed by Roger Babson (of Babson College fame) with such words and phrases as "Courage," "Loyalty," "Help Mother," and "Keep Out of Debt." These boulders are more or less along a path which is very rocky and overgrown. Be sure to take a map of the boulders with you as most of them are several yards off of the main trail on small, mostly overgrown trails. The area is public land, but not maintained in any way.

[Chris Meiman, 06/19/2010]

Roger Babson also hated and feared gravity, and erected monuments on college campuses to encourage smart people to find some way to defeat it.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Lobster TrapBig Lobster Trap, Gloucester, MA - 2 mi.
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Pinky the ElephantPinky the Elephant, Gloucester, MA - 2 mi.
In the region:
Marker: Leif Erikson's House Was Here, Cambridge, MA - 31 mi.

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