Introduction to Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 1 miles E of New Bedford, Massachusetts and 50 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the New Bedford metropolitan statistical area. About 16,159 people live in Fairhaven.
In 1670, when the first settlers arrived at the easternmost part of the Dartmouth town, it was known by the name of "Acushnea". The land which originally belonged to an Indian chief and his son was later purchased by English settlers. In 1787, the city of New Bedford, which included the towns of Fairhaven and Acushnet, separated from Dartmouth. The city of Fairhaven was officially incorporated in the year 1812 and, in 1860, a part of this land was officially separated to form Acushnet. Fairhaven is the site of the Fort Phoenix State Reservation, which was used by American troops both during the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
Fairhaven and nearby Attractions
- West Island Marshes
- Duff Gallery
- New Bedford Whaling Museum
- Butler Flats Lighthouse
- Old Silver Beach
Things To Do In Fairhaven
The city of Fairhaven has a number of historically and culturally important sites that one can visit to learn more about the town of Fairhaven. These include the New Bedford National Historic Landmark District, the Butler Flats Lighthouse, the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Duff Gallery. A little further south are a couple of stunning beaches, the Craigville Beach and the Old Silver Beach. These beaches offer all kinds of provisions for water and beach sports. Visitors can also rent bikes to take a trip down The Shining Sea Bike Path right up to the waters of the Vineyard Sound. The WaterFire, an award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans that is installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, is another interesting tourist destination.
Boston Logan International is the closest major airport to the area.
Fairhaven Higher Education
University Of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is the local university.