Fairhaven has all the trappings of city life but with the charm of a country town. From the working waterfront and sandy beaches, to the quaint restaurants and shops nestled on narrow side streets to the majestic buildings looming over the town’s Center, Fairhaven has a typical New England feel.
Fort Phoenix Beach is a state park where you can enjoy the beautiful coastline, walk down the getty and see the big fishing boats pass through or peruse the cannons and chambers of the fort’s Revolutionary war site. The first naval battle of the Revolutionary war was fought here, and during the summer a mock town militia holds reenactments during which they camp for two weekends and bring that era back to life.
Fairhaven offers a full service Office of Tourism which provides tours of Fort Phoenix and other historical points of interest from June through September. Custom tours are available upon request.
Aside from its beaches, Fairhaven boasts a popular 3.5 mile bike path called the Phoenix Rail Trail that connects through to Mattapoisett to the east. Among the town’s most remarkable features are the European style buildings constructed by Standard Oil millionaire Henry Huttleston Rogers between 1885 and 1906. They include the Unitarian Universalist church, the Millicent Public Library, the town hall, and the Fairhaven high school.
Along with the active waterfront, quaint shops, and tree-lined side streets, Fairhaven offers easy access to major shopping plazas. Stores include a Stop & Shop, a Walmart, an Ace Hardware, a CVS, a Walgreens, and more. A bridge connects directly to New Bedford’s historic downtown area.
Here is a great interview with the Director at the Office of Tourism:
Please contact BOLD Moves Real Estate for all your questions regarding this great community of Fairhaven, MA.508-999-9800.