Fairhaven History Day is
Thursday, July 5, 2012
FAIRHAVEN, MA— Visit Fairhaven's historical attractions all on one day during Fairhaven History Day, Thursday, July 5, 2012, sponsored by the Bicentennial Commitee and the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. most of the town's historical sites will be open to the public.
Among the places you will be able to visit in the Poverty Point neighborhood are the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House at 11 Cherry Street, where Japanese youth Manjiro Nakahama first lived, the Coggeshall Memorial House, 6 Cherry Street, which houses the Fairhaven Colonial Club's collection of art and antiques, and the Joseph Bates Jr. House at 191 Main Street, the boyhood home of the founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Also nearby the Old Stone Schoolhouse, the Fairhaven Academy Building and Fairhaven High School will be open for tours.
In the center of town you may visit the Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street, the Fairhaven Heritage Center at the First Congregational Church, 34 Center Street. Visitors may also step inside the Millicent Library and the Town Hall, which will be open their regular business hours that day.
At 10:00 a.m. a Henry H. Rogers walking tour is scheduled to begin at the Visitors Center, 43 Center Street. This 90 minute walk outlines the life of Fairhaven's benefactor.
On the waterfront you may visit historical Fort Phoenix, where a colonial militia man will be stationed in the afternoon with a tour scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
A handout sheet with a map of all of the Fairhaven History Day locations and a brief description of each place is available at the Fairhaven Visitors Center in advance and at each of the locations on July 5.
For more information, contact the Fairhaven Office of Tourism at 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@aol.com. The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.