Introduction to Westport, Massachusetts
Westport, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 7 miles W of New Bedford, Massachusetts and 52 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan statistical area. About 14,183 people live in Westport.
Westport was settled by the Sisson family in 1670. Initially it was a part of Dartmouth, but became independent in 1787. It was named Westport because of its location on the western port of the Buzzards Bay. The town suffered damages during King Philip’s War.
Westport and nearby Attractions
- Horseneck Beach State Reservation
- Westport Yacht Club
- Camp Jennings
- Westport Townhall
- Westport Historical Society
- Camp Noquochoke
Things To Do In Westport
The Horseneck Beach and Westport River are popular destinations for recreation. The barrier beach is spread over 600 acres and is ideal for long walks as well as bird watching. The Elizabeth Islands are visible from the beach.
Air transportation is provded by Providence International Airport.
Westport Higher Education
The University of Massachusetts is nearby.