The following tours last about 90 minutes and are presented by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. For more information, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@fairhaven-ma. gov. The Fairhaven Office of Tourism is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rain cancels both tours.
Fairhaven’s historical “Poverty Point” neighborhood will be the scene of a newly revised walking tour on Sat., 5/18, at 10:00 a.m. The tour, guided by Christopher Richard, will begin at Cooke Memorial Park on Pilgrim Avenue.
Often considered for Historic District designation, the Poverty Point area has about a dozen 18th Century homes, dating from 1742 to the 1790s. Parking is allowed on the west side of Cherry Street and on the south side of Pilgrim Ave.
Fairhaven’s lovely Riverside Cemetery will be the setting for an evening tour on Wed., 5/22, at 6:00 p.m. Begins inside the cemetery’s entrance at 274 Main St. Office of Tourism volunteer Joanne Zych will act as guide. The cemetery was created in 1850, on land donated by Warren Delano II, grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful rural-style burial grounds in the region.
The tour traces the quiet winding paths past the final resting places of some of the town’s most famous residents, a wide variety of trees, and tombstone art.
Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for some hills and uneven ground. Parking is allowed on the roads inside the cemetery, however two or three car lengths must be left open directly inside the gate. There are no public restrooms in the cemetery.
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