Fort Phoenix, overlooking New Bedford Harbor, was built during the Revolutionary War and was manned through the Civil War. It is a public park operated by the Town of Fairhaven and is open to the public during daylight hours. In the summer there are sometimes historical reenactors from the Fairhaven Village Militia on duty to talk about the fort's history. The Fairhaven Office of Tourism offers a historical presentation each Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in June, July, August and September. The historical fort is directly adjacent to a public state beach with plenty of free parking.