The history of the original Old Colony is one that reaches from Rehoboth to Provincetown, and from Scituate to Dartmouth. It’s as distant as 1639 and as relevant as a moment ago. It is a history that plays like a page-turner, replete with epic battles, brash entrepreneurs, new-for-the-time technologies – and the stuff of everyday life. Things that happened in the Old Colony made the region what it is today and frequently influenced events worldwide.
The GATRA Public Bus Service – We’ll get you there! The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) provides convenient and affordable public bus service in several communities in Bristol County, including Attleboro, Taunton, Raynham, North Attleboro, South Attleboro, Seekonk, Mansfield, and Norton. Schedules available on the GATRA website at: www.gatra.org. Seniors, people with disabilities, and students ride the GATRA bus for only $.50 one way! FARES:Adults: $1.00Elderly (over 60), Disabled/Medicare Card Holders,Students (through HS): $.50Children (under 6, with adult): FREE
The Old Stone Schoolhouse was the first one-room district school in Fairhaven. It was built in 1828 and used as a school until 1896. In 1843 Manjiro Nakahama, the first Japanese person to live in America, attended classes here. It is a stop on the Manjiro Trail. The Fairhaven Office of Tourism opens the restored schoolhouse to the public on Saturday afternoons in June, July and August. Hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
In 1964, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including over 6000 school children, banded together to save the battleship, USS Massachusetts, from being scrapped, and bring her to the waterfront of historic Fall River on June 12, 1965. More than 500,000 people lined the shores of Narragansett Bay and the Taunton River that day to welcome their ship to the South Coast with cheers of jubilation and well wishes.
About A unique Marine Science Discovery Center, located in the heart of downtown New Bedford. The Ocean Explorium is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ocean science education. The Ocean Explorium's education programs, outreach initiatives, and public exhibits promote a broader and deeper understanding of the ocean's influence on humans and our impact on the ocean and its resources. Mission It is the mission of the Ocean Explorium to establish New Bedford as a center for ocean science public education, with an emphasis on environmental stewardship and science literacy. Public Hours: Thursday-Sunday 10:00-4:00 General Admission: $8.50 adults, $6.50 children, $6.50 students w/ id, $7.00 seniors. Free for members and children under 3 years of age.
The Seamen's Bethel " In this same New Bedford there stands a whaleman's chapel, and few are the moody fishermen, shortly bound for the Indian Ocean or Pacific, who fail to make a Sunday visit to the spot" -HermanMelille, Moby Dick, 1852 Built in 1832 and once housing a school, seamen's register (which helped to connect seafarers with those staying ashore), library and reading room, the non-denominational Seamen's Bethel still serves the seafaring community of New Bedford while also providing a historical venue for joyous occasions such as weddings and baptisms as well as a somber setting for funeral and memorial services. The Seamen's Bethel is owned and managed by the New Bedford Port Society, established in 1830 to "promote the interest of Seamen" and is supported primarily by the Society's membership and the general public. The Seamen's Bethel is open seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., mid May through the end of October.