July 27, 1976 the Rocks Village Historic District and Historic District Commission were established.
Originally 27 houses were part of the district with 6 being added at a later date.
When Nathanial Holt took his boat up the Merrimac River from Newbury, he ran into some large boulders, and that spot on the river became known as “Holt’s Rocks.”
In 1710, John Swett, Innkeeper and Ferryman of Newbury, was granted the use of part of “cow commonage” for his ferry landing and inn at Holt’s Rocks.
Rocks Village grew slowly during this early period. By 1740, four houses had been built in the lower village. Belonging to John Swett, Dr. Simeon Brown, Joseph Burrill, and Mr. Nichols.
The Village thrived after 1750 with a fishing industry that exported pickled herring to Europe, and by 1790 there were both a shipyard and a distillery at the Rocks. In 1830 it was ‘in a very flourishing condition with three stores and a house for worship’ and was celebrated for its manufacture or horn combs.’ The residents also manufactured shoes, and many of the present garages and outbuilding in the village had been shoe shops. Later with the advent of industrialization processes, this cottage commerce moved to downtown Haverhill.
- McCarthy (elected not to be in district)
- Garwich (elected not to be in district)
- City of Haverhill
- Duchemin (elected not to be in district – incorporated in in 1988)
- City of Haverhill ( Hand Tub House)
- City of Haverhill (Water Trough, Sign, and Flag)
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