Fall River is one of those cities rich in history, a hidden treasure, waiting to be explored. There is so much to see and do here, from its waterfront, to its city blocks and rural areas; it is a city abounding in diversity, architectural styles and cultural centers offering gastronomic delights. For so many of us who live and work here, we often take for granted the beauty and complexity of this city.
With so much to take in here, our first stop will be Fall River’s historic waterfront, a place which served as a gateway into our great city. Here we find Battleship Cove, home to the Battleship USS Massachusetts, the Destroyer, USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the submarine Lionfish, and two motor torpedo boats, among other artifacts from WWII and other military conflicts. A visit to Battleship Cove takes visitors back in time, giving us a glimpse of bygone years and our military history.
To take us further back into Fall River’s history, a stroll away we find the Railroad & Maritime Museums. Both these museums take us back to simpler times when rail and sea where the chosen modes of transportation. Both museums highlight the importance of our waterfront as a hub of activity, with passengers traveling via the Old Colony Railroad to continue to their final destination aboard one of the many ships of the Fall River Line. The maritime museum houses replicas of the titanic, and other sailing vessels, along with ship’s logs, manifests and passenger rosters. In the early 1900’s my paternal grandmother traveled with her parents from Oakland California via the rail system to board a ship bound for the Azores, right here in Fall River.
Fall River is teeming with history and tradition making this beautiful city what it is today.
* A Fall River Native, descedent of Portuguese immigrants from São Miguel, Azores.