Historic Ports

History Welcomes You Ashore in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is steeped in history; we’re the home to the Pilgrims’ landing, the Revolutionary War, treasured national authors and more ‘firsts’ than you can count! We’re also home to nine historic ports including Gloucester, America’s oldest fishing port and Boston Harbor, an active trading port since the early 1600s.

For centuries, our ports and their coastal communities have beckoned sea captains, sailors, neighbors and visitors to gather, enjoy the natural landscape beauty and the many bounties of the sea. As you stroll through the seaside villages of the nine Historic Ports of Massachusetts, you’ll be captivated by the stature and architecture of charming homes once occupied by sea captains and their families and you’ll find a soothing simplicity in the natural beauty of windswept dunes, inspirational sunrises and miles of sandy beaches.

Each port’s unique community welcomes you with talented artisans, hidden treasures and the freshest seafood anywhere! Come explore the distinctive nooks and crannies of the Historic Ports of Massachusetts — welcome ashore!