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Motif Number 1

Bradley Wharf, Rockport, MA 01966
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When in Rockport, you really must see Motif #1

This iconic building is the most photographed and painted subject matter in Rockport and possibly... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Debbie S
Westborough, Massachusetts, United States
New England charm and beauty

I've been to Rockport many times over the past 20 years and every time I go I ALWAYS go past... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lorraine G
Lawrence, New York
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Bradley Wharf, Rockport, MA 01966
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This iconic building is the most photographed and painted subject matter in Rockport and possibly on Cape Ann and the whole north shore. But don't shy away from it as a cliche! Go ahead and take a picture. Everyone does. My favorite time to see...More

Thank Debbie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to Rockport many times over the past 20 years and every time I go I ALWAYS go past Bradley Wharf. If you're in Rockport - you MUST pass this historical spot.

Thank Lorraine G
Reviewed 25 November 2017

I knew this was somewhere in Rockport, but I kept popping into shops and admiring the cute yards and houses. I had my camera and was busy taking pic of weather vanes and garden flowers when all of a sudden in my lensfinder I see...More

Thank BassSherpa
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Good to go and take a picture just to say you've been there, done that, but nothing else to it. You may need to search for parking if you want to actually walk to a picture-taking spot. Easily combined with Bearskin Neck visit -- same...More

Thank Julie32159
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Beautiful serene harbor front area in Rockport. This building is on more postcards that any in New England.

Thank jerdc
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Motif No 1 is really a must see. So much history and such a beautiful building and stunning view of the habor and ocean. We just sat on the bench and took in the view. The original building had lasted for a couple hundred years....More

Thank Matthew B
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide said that this is the most photographed building in Massachusetts, and I believe it. It should be photographed from different locations to get the best perspective. There are clean public restrooms nearby. The town of Rockport was one of our favorites in...More

Thank Rottman
Reviewed 31 October 2017

The best place to look at it is probably from the yacht club as you can see the village in the background, the barn itself has no real interest apart from being in a very picturesque location...

Thank Yves-Alexandre_YAL
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

You will see it whilst you are there, however dont get too excited, it is just a barn.. Best place to see it is probably from the yacht club not from bear skin neck

Thank Yves-Alexandre L
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Like a well-photographed celebrity, you feel like you know this building even if you have never seen it in person before. But unlike the celebrity who, upon first-hand inspection, seems diminished in stature, or physical attractiveness, or both, Motif Number 1 is enhanced by its...More

Thank William M
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8 September 2016|
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