November 2, 2012

New Bedford

Ships' masts continue to dominate the skyline of one of the nation's earliest Whaling centers.
Site of the first ship built in New Bedford in 1767.
My husband David and I ventured to New Bedford, Massachusetts for the first time this past summer. What a treasure! Lots of art galleries and studios, several museums, a national park site, all sitting on the water of Buzzards Bay and steeped in history. One of the most interesting things I learned is that many of the early whaling families were Quakers and very egalitarian in their social views. Because of this the whaling ships, and the town, included African Americans, Wampanoag Indians and Anglo Americans living and working together. The city continues to be multi-ethnic today.

I love this juxtaposition of historic brick and stone.

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