The ancient summertime dwelling place of the native Wampanoag tribe, Fairhaven, MA has a rich history dating back to the days before its settling by colonists, including Mayflower passenger John Cooke. The first naval battle of the American Revolution was fought by Fairhaven militiamen aboard the sloop Success in May of 1775. The town withstood an attack by the British in 1778 and grew in prosperity during the whaling days in the 1800s.

The town’s most remarkable features are the magnificent European-style public buildings built between 1885 and 1906 by Standard Oil Company executive and millionaire Henry Huttleston Rogers, a native of the town.

Visiting Fairhaven, you’ll find a public state beach overlooking Buzzards Bay, several recreational marinas, historical Fort Phoenix and the Rogers buildings, free walking tours, a number of unique shops and more than fifty restaurants. There is a lovely, historic bed and breakfast establishment as well as two larger accommodations and rental cottages.

Our Visitors Center at 141 Main Street is operated year round by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism to provide you with the information you need when you visit.

You may download a Visitors Guide Book and a Street Map here: Visitors Guide

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