From the ‘zine: In the Heart of Dogtown by Sweetman

by thiszine

Contributing writer Sweetman’s essay “In the Heart of Dogtown” chronicles her experiences in an abandoned colonial settlement in Gloucester, Massachusetts and is a spooky telling of a town no one will talk about.

There were a few references stating Dogtown was a refuge for freed slaves and those who were suspected of witchcraft. One article I came across said its last inhabitants were prostitutes, aging former slaves and a pack of wild dogs. It emptied or died out by 1837. The houses fell to ruin and it’s never been inhabited since—why?

What little I found made me want to know more. I marveled at why such an interesting place in a destination city on the North Shore was barely mentioned. Despite the poverty of information, there was a common theme in every article and trail guide regarding Dogtown: its trails are confusing, it’s easy to get lost and you should never hike alone.

Continue reading Sweetman’s “In the Heart of Dogtown”


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