Visitors Center & Historical Society Museum

Fairhaven Visitors Center & Historical Society Museum at the Academy Building (1798) 141 Main Street, Fairhaven MA, (West lawn of Fairhaven High School) 508-979-4085 HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., year round Housed in a Federal style schoolhouse built in 1798, the Fairhaven Visitors Center is operated year round by the Office of Tourism. Here you will find … [Read more...]

Whitfield Manjiro Friendship House

Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House 11 Cherry Street, Fairhaven, MA Open by appointment only, limit 5 people at a time Visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or must wear a mask. 508-858-5303 or 508-995-1219 Visit one of the Oxford Village homes owned by whaling captain William H. Whitfield and learn the story of Manjiro Nakahama, the first Japanese person to live in America after he was rescued from a Pacific island by the … [Read more...]

Joseph Bates Boyhood Home

Joseph Bates Boyhood Home (1742) 191 Main Street, Fairhaven Hours by Appointment The front part of this house was built about 1742 by William Wood, who had purchased the entire Oxford area from Philip Taber a year or two earlier. The house was bought in 1793 by Joseph Bates, Sr. a prominent businessman who helped found the New Bedford (later Fairhaven) Academy in 1798.  Bates’ son, Joseph Bates Jr., grew up here before going to sea at … [Read more...]

Old Stone School House

Old Stone Schoolhouse (1828) 40 North St., Fairhaven Open dates for 2024 are the following Saturdays: April 20, May 11, May 25, June 15 July 6, July 27, August 17, September 14, September 28, October 19, November 9 The Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Built in the Oxford Village neighborhood of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in 1828, the Old Stone Schoolhouse was the town's first school built under the district school system. In the … [Read more...]