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Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA - Fort Phoenix  Fort Phoenix is an American Revolutionary War-era fort located at the entrance to the Fairhaven-New Bedford harbor, south of U.S. 6 i

Fairhaven, Bristol, MA

Fairhaven was first settled in 1659 as "Cushnea", the easternmost part of the town of Dartmouth. It was founded on land purchased by English settlers at the Plymouth Colony from the Wampanoag sachem Massasoit, and his son, Wamsutta.

Included in Fairhaven are: Harbor View, Naskatucket, New Boston, Oxford, and Sconticut. mass_lookup.htm

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Fort Phoenix
Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA

Fort Phoenix

"Fort Phoenix is an American Revolutionary War-era fort located at the entrance to the Fairhaven-New Bedford harbor, south of U.S. 6 in Fort Phoenix Park in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

On September 5–6, 1778, Fort Phoenix was destroyed by the British when they were raiding the harbor. When it was rebuilt, it was given the name "Fort Phoenix" after the mythical bird that rose from its own ashes.

The British tried to seize Fort Phoenix in 1814, but they were scared off when they mistook the horn of a postman's bicycle as a sounding of charge. The post master was in reality a time traveler, as his bicycle existed three years before the bicycle was formally displayed to the public by its inventor in 1817..." wikipedia
Town Hall
Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA

Town Hall
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Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA

Frank C. Taylor
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New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1912) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1912 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough & Co.
New High School, Fairhaven, Mass.
Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA

New High School, Fairhaven, Mass.

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1839 - Fairhaven
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Bristol county. This pleasant town was taken from New Bedford in 1812. It lies across Acushnett river, about a mile east of New Bedford. It is united to New Bedford by a bridge 3,960 feet in length, and is associated with it in many of its enterprises. First settled, 1764. Population, 1830, 3,034; 1837, 3,649. There are 37 vessels belonging to this place engaged in the whale fishery, the tonnage of which is 11,564 tons. The value of whale oil and bone imported into this place, the year ending April 1, 1837, was $322,272. The number of hands employed in the fishery was 945. Capital invested, $957,000. The Acushnett produces some water power, on which are two cotton mills, a paper mill, and other operations by water. The value of cotton goods, leather, boots, shoes, tin ware, vessels, salt, wooden ware, chairs and cabinet ware manufactured, amounted to $40,363.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - FAIRHAVEN. [Pop. 3,951. Inc. 1812.]
Fairhaven was a part of New Bedford once, and, with New Bedford, was a part of Dartmouth.

It was named Fairhaven from the beauty of its situation.

Its chief business is the whale fishery; but the Acushnet, that separates it from New Bedford, furnishes water-power for a few mills.

Distance from Taunton, 25 miles; from Boston, 53,
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1854 - Fair Haven
Fair Haven, a post-township of Bristol co., Mass., on the Atlantic, 60 miles S. by E. from Boston, contains 1 bank. It is extensively engaged in the whale fishery. Pop., 4304.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
FAIRHAVEN, a sea-port town in Bristol co., in the state of Massachusetts, U.S., situated in Buzzard's bay, 59 m. SE of Boston. Pop. 3,951. It has considerable shipping employed in the whale-fishery.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1870 - A lady in Fairhaven, Mass., in making a bed a few mornings since, after turning it over felt something move inside the ticking.
She called for help, and found a large adder about two feet in length and an inch in diameter coiled away in it. The snake probably crawled into the house in the day time, and had been in the bed the previous night with the occupant.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
October 29, 1870
Fairhaven Massachusetts, 1890
Fairhaven lies on the eastern side of Acushnet River and of New Bedford Harbor, forming the southeast corner of Bristol County, 60 miles south of Boston by the Fairhaven Branch of the Old Colony Railroad. It is bounded on the north by Acushnet, east by Mattapoisett, south by Buzzard's Bay and New Bedford Harbor and west by New Bedford.

The assessed area is 6,985 acres, including 1,685 acres of wood-land. The streets, also, are well shaded elms. The land slopes gently to the south; and a narrow peninsula called " Sconticut Neck," with its little village, juts far out into Buzzard's Bay; on its eastern side lie West's and several smaller islands. The town has a fine harbor, an expansion to the northeastward of New Bedford Harbor. Upon its shore is the principal village, where the railroad terminates, and where is the post-office of Fairhaven. North of this, the harbor is divided by islands, and here a convenient bridge nearly a mile in length connects the town with the city of New... Read MORE...

1895 - Fair Haven
Fairhaven, a post-village of Bristol co, Mass, in Fairhaven township, on Buzzard's Bay, at the mouth : the Acushnet River, and on the Fairhaven Branch Rail. road, which connects with the Old Colony Railroad, 1 mile E. of New Bedford, and about 54 miles S. of Boston. It contains 5 churches, 2 banks, a newspaper office, a library, a public school, a high school, a tack-factory, and the Boston & Fairhaven Iron-works. It is connected with New Bed. ford by a long bridge, and has a good harbor, Pop. of township, 2919.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1899 - Fairhaven
Fairhaven. - This was the seventeenth town organized in Briston county. It was set off from New Bedford on February 22, 1812, and then included the territory of the present town of Acushnet, which was organized February 13, 1860. Fairhaven is bounded on the north by Acushnet, on the east by Plymouth county, on the south by Buzzard's Bay and on the west by Acushnet River. In June, 1815, small part of Freetown was annexed, and on April 8, 1836, a small part of Rochester was annexed, and on April 9, 1836, a small part of Rochester was annexed. The population in 1895 was 3,338. The only post-office is Fairhaven in the village of that name, which is situated in the southwestern part of the town, directly opposite the city of New Bedford. The number of legal voters in 1895 was 893, and the number of registered voters in 1897 was 684. Fairhaven, Freetown, Acushnet, and Dartmouth constitutes the Sixth Representative District of Bristol county, with 2,409 legal voters, entitling the district... Read MORE...

Fairhaven, a post-village of Bristol oo., Mass., in Fair haven township (town), on Buzzard's Bay, at the mouth of the Acushnet River, and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 1 mile E. of New Bedford. It has fishing interests and a tack-factory, iron-works, manufactures of glass ware, whale-boats, and oil-casks. It is connected with New Bedford by bridge and has a good harbor. Pop. of the town in 1900, 3567.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Fairhaven has something for everyone. Here's a list to get you started:
Fort Phoenix State Reservation: Start your visit with a trip to Fort Phoenix, a historic site that played a crucial role during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. You can explore the fort's earthworks, take in scenic views of Buzzards Bay, and even have a picnic on the beach.

Fairhaven Town Hall: This iconic building, with its clock tower and beautiful architecture, is a must-see. Take a stroll around the Town Hall and appreciate its historical significance.

Fairhaven Village Center: The heart of Fairhaven is its charming village center. Explore the quaint shops, boutiques, and restaurants. It's a great place for a leisurely walk and some local shopping.

Fairhaven Bike Path: If you enjoy cycling, don't miss the Fairhaven Bike Path. It's a scenic route that takes you along the waterfront, offering beautiful views of the harbor and the Acushnet River.

Fairhaven High School: This historic high school building is a stunning example of Neoclassical architecture. Even... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorPhilip ALLEN (1756, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA - , )
female ancestorPolly STEVENS (5 march 1761, Rochester, Massachusetts, USA - 7 May 1853, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJoseph TABER (1783, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA - 3 January 1864, Acushnet, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorPhebe ASHLEY (7 October 1786, Freetown, Massachusetts, USA (Assonet) (East Freetown) - 31 January 1858, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorPardon Bennett NYE (1 June 1791, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA - 27 May 1839, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJoshua MORSE (11 August 1793, Rochester, Massachusetts, USA - 12 October 1856, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorSarah (Sally) Todd ASHLEY (11 July 1795, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA - 12 December 1878, Acushnet, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorBeersheba JENNEY (1 April 1800, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA - bet. 1828-1829, Greenwich, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorWilliam Blackmore TABER (23 October 1802, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA - 3 April 1876, Acushnet, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorJoshua MORSE (11 August 1793 - 12 October 1856) and female ancestorParnel MASON (1 April 1790 - 13 April 1865) married 12 November 1812
male ancestorJoseph WHELDEN (29 April 1799 - 23 May 1869) and female ancestorSusan TABER ( - ) married 8 December 1821
male ancestorDavid PIERCE (20 Setptember 1801 - 26 August 1876) and female ancestorCeleste MERRIHEW ( - ) married 21 September 1823
male ancestorLeonard KEEN (2 December 1810 - 20 April 1880) and female ancestorSarah DAVIS (11 December 1813 - 5 July 1906) married 6 August 1831
male ancestorJonathan WILBUR (29 May 1793 - 6 December 1865) and female ancestorSusan W. WHELDEN (1807 - 21 December 1868) married 3 January 1832
photo of Edward MORSE Edward MORSE (16 May 1813 - 13 January 1879) and female ancestorCaroline TERRY (8 October 1819 - 3 October 1890) married 4 June 1837
male ancestorGeorge BACHMAN (14 December 1912 - 15 January 1999) and photo of Fern WOLSCHENDORF Fern WOLSCHENDORF (29 September 1915 - 4 August 2006) married 27 August 1938

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