Find out some of the incredible origins of the unique and peculiar place names of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. From early tragedies, to early explorers to names left by the Native Americans, the colorful histories of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester -by- the Sea have left their mark on the harbors, islands and coves on our rocky peninsula. Come discover just what’s in a name…
Targeted Age Group:: All Ages
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am a local historian, and on Cape Ann most natives has an inherent sense of local history. We love to tell visitors stories from what is one of the oldest parts of the country. I decided it was time someone tracked down the origins of some of these legendary place names, From Annisquam to Norman’s Woe…
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters are the individuals that helped create Cape Ann by eking out an existence on this lump of granite, helping to create America’s oldest fishing port in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Explorers, fishermen, farmers, merchants, ministers, quarrymen and everyone in between left their mark in our rocky penninsula.
About the Author:
Justin Demetri is a native of the historic fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Growing up “Down the Fort” in one of the many families that comprised Gloucester’s Italian fishing fleet, he spent his childhood among the fishermen, the boats and the wharves. At age 12, Justin gave the first cash donation to the newly arrived Schooner Adventure, leading to a friendship with author and historian Joseph E. Garland. This was the spark that would lead to a love of writing, and an appreciation for the special place he still calls home.
His interests are vast, but include researching local maritime history and exploring his family’s Sicilian fishing heritage. His works on Italian history, culture and food can be found at LifeinItaly.com, around the web and in print. Justin holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts/Boston and is the Director of Visitor Services for the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.
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