June is the start for walking tours and site tours in Fairhaven. Learn about town benefactor Henry Huttleston Rogers, pirate treasure buried on Sconticut Neck, Manjiro Nakahama and Fairhaven’s special relationship with Japan, schooling in the 1800s, and the history of the early waterfront village area.
Sponsored by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. For more information, including exertion level/wheelchair accessibility, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@aol.com. Visit www.FairhavenTours.com.
Henry H. Rogers Walking Tours
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m., June through September. Start outside Town Hall, 40 Center St., Fairhaven
A free 90-minute guided walk teaches about the town’s benefactor Henry H. Rogers of the Standard Oil Co. and his gifts of magnificent architecture to Fairhaven. Tour includes visits inside the Town Hall and Millicent Library. Tuesday guide: Bob Foster, Thursday guide: Chris Richard. Weather permitting.
Pirates & Privateers Presentation at Fort Phoenix
Fridays, 10:00 a.m., June through September. Start at Fort Phoenix flagpole, Fort Phoenix, Old Fort Rd., Fairhaven
Is there really pirate treasure buried on Sconticut Neck? Why might you become a privateer instead of joining the Navy? What’s the deal with the parrot on the shoulder?
Hear tales of pirates, Revolutionary War era privateers, and historical Fort Phoenix presented by Greybeard, an 18th century gunner from the privateer sloop Broome, and Abigail “Abby” Black, a ship’s doctor who grows herbal remedies in her village garden when not at sea. They are sometimes visited by other members of the “Companie.”
Learn which things you think you know about pirates are myths based on fiction, the difference between pirates and “legal” privateers, and why grog wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Presentation includes a demonstration firing of a black powder swivel gun. Weather permitting.
“Twenty-Acre Purchase” Walking Tours
Wednesdays, starting June 8, 10:00 a.m., June through September. Starts at west end of Phoenix Bike Trail, Main and South streets, Fairhaven
This 90-minute walk teaches the history of the early waterfront village area that eventually grew into the center of Fairhaven. See houses and buildings dating from pre-Revolutionary times into the 1800s and learn about the people who lived and worked. Guide: Howe Allen. Weather permitting.
Old Stone Schoolhouse
Saturdays, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m., 40 North Street, Fairhaven
Fairhaven’s first one-room district school is open for the public to see what schooling was like in the 1800s. Children’s activities. Free.
For more information, visit http://OldStoneSchool.blogspt.com.
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