‘Poverty Point’ Walking Tour


‘Poverty Point’ Walking Tour
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Starts at Old Stone Schoolhouse, 40 North St., Fairhaven

The tour outlines the history of the Oxford Village or “Poverty Point” area, land once owned by Thomas Taber, the son-in-law of Mayflower passenger John Cooke. The neighborhood was where Joseph Bates, founder of the Seventh Day Adventists, grew up, and it is where Manjiro Nakahama stayed when he was the first Japanese person to live in America. Capt. Joshua Slocum rebuilt the sloop Spray here before sailing it alone around the world. The neighborhood was also the home of artists including Charles Gifford and Lemuel D. Eldred.

The Old Stone Schoolhouse will be open briefly before the walk begins. The tour lasts about 90 minutes. In the event of rain, it will be canceled. Guide: Christopher Richard. Sponsored by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. Free. For more information, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@fairhaven-ma.gov.

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