Overlooking the Union Cemetery on Union Lane in Rockport, is the Mark Grimes House, an excellent Georgian Saltbox house. The home was built by 1790 for Mark Grimes (1769-1836) and his wife Abigail “Tammy” Priestly (1771-1847). Grimes was born in Lexington, MA and later settled in Boston and worked as a fisherman and merchant. It is likely that Mark Grimes met his wife in Sandy Bay parish (renamed Rockport in 1840) when trading along the coast. He moved to Rockport and built this vernacular Georgian home with a saltbox roof a couple blocks from the harbor where he worked.
The family home is a five bay Colonial with a large central chimney. The siding and roof are clad in cedar shingles which add to the home’s charm. The entry is framed with an entablature and pilasters and five-pane sidelights flanking the paneled front door.