The Nathan and Polly Johnson House is a National Historic Landmark for its role as an Underground Railroad site and the first free home of Frederick Douglass. Nathan and Polly Johnson, African American entrepreneurs, were among the City's best known abolitionists in the 19th century, sheltering newly married Anna and Frederick Douglass along with 7 other documented freedom seekers, including William Wells Brown and his daughters Clarissa and Josephine. Brown, a noted abolitionist, is considered the first African American novelist and writer of short stories. Constructed in 1800, the Johnson House has recently been restored to its 1857 splendor. Tours of New Bedford's Underground Railroad, the Black Heritage Trail, and the Johnson House are given seasonally. Check the New Bedford Historical Society website at: www.nbhistoricalsociety.org for schedules. Tours of the house can be made by appointment.
The Xfinity Center is a Live Nation-owned outdoor amphitheater located in Mansfield, Massachusetts at the intersection of I-495 and Route 140. The concert venue seats nearly 20,000 people. Approximately 7,000 are covered seats in the pavilion, 7,000 are open-air seats, and general admission is on the lawn. Go to their website for a full show listing and ticket prices.
The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum, Inc. (AAIM) is a non-profit repository for historical data relating to area companies, past and present. We preserve the history of area businesses and present it so that school children, employees, and the public at large may better appreciate the tremendous achievements and enormous contributions that all industry has made to this community.
Fort Taber/Fort Rodman State Beach and Reservation was once a military armory during the American Civil War that was never penetrated, due in part to one land surveyor-turned-military general, Gen. Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army who took note of the fort's positioning and concluded it to be too difficult to pass. Today, Fort Taber/Fort Rodman is a family-friendly summer spot, housing public beach volleyball courts, a bike path, playground, picnicking area, historical museum, kite launch and more.
The National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture sponsored by the Doll E Daze Project & Museum Inc opened its doors in historic downtown Mansfield , Mass in July of 2012. Rich in culture the museum celebrates black history through the eyes of a doll collector. Dolls are a child’s first introduction to self image, their stories are key elements in our personal heritage. Regardless of one’s cultural background, everyone has a story to tell. African American history is filled with stories of enslaved Africans captured and relocated to a strange land and bravely asserting their own cultures. The history of black dolls is about more than just objects of play. Black dolls have played a critical role in building a diverse American society and rich African American culture. NBDMHC uses their collection along with engaging images and artifacts to illustrate and tell those individual stories.
THE MISSION of the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. The Z seeks to bring the community together in shared experience and imbue everything they do with positive energy. The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents a broad range of the highest caliber national and international performing artists and programs that speak to the diversity of cultures and interests in the region; Engages and enriches young people and the community’s participation, experience and understanding of the world, the arts and creativity; Actively participates in the revitalization of downtown New Bedford; and provide a welcoming home to resident companies and community groups. Check out a full list of performances at the Zeiterion's website.
"Almost 20 years ago, the Narrows Center started as a 1,500 s.f. exhibition space located where the North and South Watuppa Ponds come together; a waterway the locals refer to as ‘the Narrows.’ Thanks to generous community support and strong stewardship, the Narrows Center has since grown into a 15,000 s.f. arts venue located on the 3rd floor of a former American Printing Company mill building, which in the early 20th century was part of one of the largest textile operations in the world. The space, with it’s high ceilings and spectacular views of Mount Hope Bay and Battleship Cove, has turned out to be the ideal acoustic and visual backdrop for what has come to be known as a regional destination for the visual and performing arts. Today, the elegant architectural design of the space includes an expansive performance area, working artists’ studios, two art galleries and the Narrows Café, which complete the acclaimed Narrows Center for the Arts."
Voyage around the world during the Golden Age of Sail when New Bedford's famed whaling fleet circled the globe to hunt the giants of the deep for whale oil to light the lamps of the world and lubricate the wheels of the Industrial Revolution. With more than 700,000 items in its collection, this 110-year old institution, which was founded by the whaling families of the greater New Bedford area, is now the world's largest and most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the history of Massachusetts' south coast region.
Just 5 minutes from Fall River and Taunton, and 15 minutes from New Bedford, Freetown State Forest is a vast tract of public land acquired over a twenty year period beginning in the 1930's. Near the main entrance is a day use area, with wading pool, picnic area, fields and restrooms. The remainder of the forest offers 50 miles of unpaved roads and trails. Horseback riders, dog Sledders, mountain bikers, and seasonal motorcycle and snowmobile users are welcome, as are hunters and anglers in season. Rattlesnake Brook, which meanders throughout much of the property, is stocked with brook trout each spring. Profile Rock, a 50-foot outcropping, shows a profile of what the Wampanoags believe to be Chief Massasoit. The 5,441-acre Forest also includes the 227-acre Watuppa Reservation, which belongs to the Wampanoag Nation, and is the site of annual tribal meetings.