Stage Fort Park
80 Western Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
The Stage Fort Park and Welcoming Center is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center. As such, in addition to giving information about the history of Gloucester and vicinity, it also provides general information about the Essex National Heritage Area.
This area was the site for the city's first settlement in 1623. Visitors to the Center will be able to find out any information they need to know about Gloucester to make their stay in the area an enjoyable experience. The entire area sits on a hill with beautiful views of Gloucester's Harbor.
The Welcoming Center is located on the land that the original settlers set the "fishing stages" (fish drying areas) and was the location of a fort that was built to defend against the British in the Revolutionary War-thus, the name "Stage Fort Park." It is now a beautiful city park with two beaches and recreational facilities, open to the public for a fee. Parking to visit the information center is free. To visit the beaches and playground, you pay a $10 fee in season.