Welcome to Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Fairhaven, Massachusetts
, is a lovely seaside community on the shore of Buzzards Bay, directly across the harbor from the famed whaling port of New Bedford. To reach Fairhaven by car, take Exit 18 off Route I-195, halfway between Providence, RI, and Cape Cod.

New Website

While the information on these pages is being kept up to date, it is suggested that you visit our New Office of Tourism Website, launched in January 2014.

Please note that some of the links on this site will point to the new site.

It's Not Europe. It's Fairhaven.

Fairhaven has a rich history dating back to the days of the Pilgrims. The first naval battle of the American Revolution was fought by Fairhaven militiamen aboard the sloop Success in May of 1775. The town withstood an attack by the British in 1778 and grew in prosperity during the whaling days in the 1800s.

The town's most remarkable features are the magnificent European-style public buildings built between 1885 and 1906 by Standard Oil Company millionaire Henry Huttleston Rogers, a native of the town.

Visiting Fairhaven, you'll find a public state beach overlooking Buzzards Bay, several recreational marinas, historical Fort Phoenix and the Rogers buildings, free walking tours, a number of unique shops and more than fifty restaurants. There are three bed and breakfast establishments as well as three larger accommodations.

 The Fairhaven Office of Tourism can send you an information packet to tell you about the town's history, attractions, accommodations, special events and much more.

For an information packet, call 508-979-4085, email FairhavenTours@fairhaven-ma.gov or write to Fairhaven Office of Tourism, 141 Main Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

 The Fairhaven Visitors Center, located in the historic Fairhaven Academy Building at 141 Main Street, Fairhaven, is open year round Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:80 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A List of Special Events in Fairhaven is available here:

Free Historical Tours

Photo by Anne O'Brien

The Office of Tourism presents free historical walking tours on a regular schedule from spring to fall. In addition, visiting groups and tour operators may arrange in advance for custom tours.

Henry H. Rogers Walking Tours
Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10:00 a.m.
June through September.
Tours begin outside the Town Hall, 40 Center Street.
This 90-minute walk outlines the life of Standard Oil Co. millionaire Henry H. Rogers and the magnificent public buildings that he donated to his hometown.

Pirates & Privateers Presentation 
at Fort Phoenix
Friday mornings, 10:00 a.m.
June through September.
Tour begins at Fort Phoenix
Fort Street.
Greybeard and Abby tell about historical pirates and privateers along with the history of the Revolutionary War era fort. Abby talks about surgery and medicine. The presentation features a demonstration firing of a black powder swivel cannon.

Tours of Riverside Cemetery are scheduled throughout the summer and fall. Check the Events Listings for dates and times.

To pre-arrange group tours, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@fairhaven-ma.gov.