The square was the center of the Commons Settlement and where a cross road is. This was a place that people could bring or hire others to bring their cows and sheep to graze.
If you had a cow then you needed to have a "cow right". A cow right is similar to having a property right to a house or car, that it says a particular person owns that cow.
The square was close to the house of Jane "Granny" Day . Granny Day used her house as a school. Adjacent to Dogtown is a bog called Granny Bog into which animals would stumble into and wouldn't be able to get out.
Dogtown Steering Committee, First. Developing a Management Program for Dogtown . Gloucester Massachusetts: August 1, 1985. Print.
Charles E.. "Story of Dogtown." Dogtown Gloucester Massachusetts. N.p., 1896. Web. 13 Aug 2012.