Walking Tour around New Bedford
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New Bedford’s restored historic waterfront district is delightful, with its cobblestone streets, brick buildings and Greek revival mansions. Do not miss the Seaman’s Chapel, located across from the Whaling Museum and described in Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick.’
Fairhaven is less commercial and has a very different feel. The town’s most remarkable features are the magnificent European-style public buildings, built between 1885-1906 by Standard Oil Company millionaire Henry Huttleston Rogers, a native of the town. Don’t miss the English Gothic style Unitarian Church or City Hall’s beautiful red-brick architecture and clock tower.
Still in Fairhaven, overlooking the entrance to New Bedford harbor, is Fort Phoenix State Reservation, a nice park along a sandy beach, featuring an historic fort. It is possible to walk out on the hurricane barrier to get a great view of fishing vessels and boats traveling into and out of the harbor.