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  • Courtney Bjorgaard

A hidden arts gem in Rockland

We started off our Saturday by popping into a local Rockland favorite, Jac's Cafe for a bite to eat (compliments of Hello! South Shore). Took a stroll through the Rockland’s Town Center and hopped on the 3-mile-long Rockland Rail Trail. We saw some of the old original rails (if you want to read more, stop by the Union Street Crossing for information). If you're looking for a shaded stroll, this one's for you. Parking is available at the Rockland Police Station.

Next up, we stopped into the Sandpaper Factory Saturday pop-up shops. Local artists, merchants, boutiques and a listen in at the Telephone museum were so fun to explore and we picked up a few things to share with residents this summer! The Sandpaper Factory holds these pop-up shop events monthly, so give them a follow on Facebook and make sure you get over there to support these local artists! Fun Fact: The Sandpaper Factory is a 120,000 square foot mill building that has been converted into multi-tenant creative spaces. The building was built in 1890 for the Rice and Hutchins Shoe Company and was later used to manufacture sandpaper by the American Sandpaper Company.

We stopped by the old Almshouse and “tramp” house. You can't go in now as it's been repurposed, but its one of the few remaining historical houses of this kind. Those living in Almshouse were mostly widows of Civil War soldiers and their children. These structures were attracted to towns like Rockland, Abington and Whitman because of the booming shoe industry in the area.

We closed out the day at one of Rockland’s newest hotspots, Lucca. If you haven’t tried it already, you need to – a little bit of the North End, right here in our own backyard.

Hello! South Shore is an initiative of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Our goal is to unlock wonder in our residents and spotlight all the great things our communities have to offer from arts, music, outdoor activities to food, beverage and local retailers. Get out and explore. You'll be surprised at how much you haven't seen.

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