History

A collection of history videos produced by the Office of Tourism can be found here: HISTORY VIDEOS

A comprehensive list of the historical sources used by the Office of Tourism in the creation of its walking tours, printed brochures, and this website can be found here: HISTORICAL SOURCES

Except for questions specifically related to the tours, programs, brochures, or web pages produced for the general public by the Office of Tourism, people with questions about town history should consult with the organizations listed below.

The official government body overseeing the Town’s historical assets is the Fairhaven Historical Commission. The commission is also the body governing the historical house plaque program.

A good starting point for local historical research is the Archives Department at the Millicent Library

The Fairhaven Historical Society, Inc. has a museum at the Academy Building that is open whenever the Visitors Center is open. The group also holds lectures, a holiday house tour, and other events.

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Fort Phoenix

Historical Fort Phoenix (1775-1876) South end of Fort St. at...
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Old Stone School House

Old Stone Schoolhouse (1828) 40 North St., Fairhaven Open by...
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John Cooke

(1607-1695) Fairhaven’s own Pilgrim John Cooke, the oldest child of...
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The Delano Family

The Delano Family: Presidential Ancestors LT. JONATHAN DELANO, FAIRHAVEN’S PRESIDENTIAL...
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Joseph Bates Jr.

(1792-1872) Founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church Joseph Bates Jr....
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Manjiro Nakahama

(1827-1898) Lived in Fairhaven 1843-1846 Returned to Japan 1851 In...
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Henry H. Rogers

(1840-1909) Henry Huttleston Rogers was born in Fairhaven in 1840,...
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Capt. Joshua Slocum

(1844-1909) First man to sail alone around the world On...
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Notable Fairhaven Residents

Notable Residents Since the town was first settled in the...
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