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.

Fairhaven History

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
  • WaterFire
  • 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.

Fairhaven Transportation

Boston Logan International is the closest major airport to the area.

Fairhaven Higher Education

University Of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is the local university.

Fairhaven Almanac

County Bristol County
Standard Zip Codes2719
Phone Area Codes508
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.63
Approximate Longitude-70.9

Fairhaven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 56 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp46 to 63 F
Annual Precip50.7 inches
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
Distance26.1 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp44 to 63 F
Annual Precip51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
New Bedford95,125$51,529

Fairhaven Public Libraries

Millicent Library
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
(508) 992-5342

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Fairhaven Public Schools

East Fairhaven
2 New Boston Road
ZIP: 2719
(508) 979-4058
Total Enrollment 427
Fairhaven High
12 Huttleston Avenue
ZIP: 2719
(508) 979-4052
Total Enrollment 648
Hastings Middle
30 School Street
ZIP: 2719
(508) 979-4063
Total Enrollment 425
Leroy Wood
60 Sconticut Neck Road
ZIP: 2719
(508) 979-4073
Total Enrollment 499

Fairhaven Private Schools

St Joseph School
100 Spring St
ZIP: 2719
Total Enrollment 181
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