— Jon F Share Your Story Flag as offensiveTalk about under the radar! This "park" is actually 13 living city blocks in the heart of downtown New Bedford.... read more
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
New Bedford was the mid 19th centuryís preeminent whaling port and for a time ìthe richest city in the world.î Whaling, a leading 19th century enterprise, contributed to America's economic and political vitality.New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park helps to preserve, protect, and interpret certain districts, structures, and artifacts that are associated with the history of whaling and related social, economic, and environmental themes for the benefit and inspiration of this and future generations. The park encompasses 34 acres spread over 13 city blocks and includes the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Seamen's Bethel, the schooner Ernestina, and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum. These efforts will be undertaken in partnership with the city of New Bedford, local and regional institutions, and the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska.