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Historic Articles of Interest by Historian Bruce Barnes:

Three Victorian Architects

Howland Mill Village

Railroad Depots of N.B.

New Bedford Historic Bluestone Sidewalks

The Art and Symbolism of Gravestones

N. B. Waterworks - When Running Water came to New Bedford

Visit four Historic Districts in the City with the Society's Architectural Walking Tour Brochures:

Acushnet Heights

West of County Street

Kempton's Corner

County Street

Mission Statement: The New Bedford Preservation Society is dedicated to the preservation and protection of areas of New Bedford which contribute to the atmosphere of the city as our forebears knew it.

About Us:  In 1974 a group of private citizens banded together to try to halt a state plan to widen New Bedford's premier residential avenue and destroy the tall old elm trees that had arched over the street for decades.  That group became the New Bedford Preservation Society, which continues its efforts to protect and preserve properties and landscapes of historic and architectural significance throughout the city.  Continuing programs involve buildings from whaling mansions to triple-deckers and from city parks to shade trees along the most modest city block.

Programs:  The Preservation Society is a private, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization still run by private citizens who volunteer their time and effort to an annual Holiday House Tour, Spring House and Garden Tour,
Cemetery Tours, a Historic Marker Program, the development of self-guided architectural walking tour brochures, an urban landscaping program (New Bedford Re-Leaf), summer walking tours, lectures on local history and historic preservation, and many other programs.

Office Address: Historic William Rodman House - c. 1833

388 County Street (Ground Floor)

P. O. Box 1618

New Bedford, MA 02741

Phone/Fax: 508.997.6425

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday
(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or by appointment

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