All programs are free and open to the public. The Visitor Center is located at 200 Davol Street in the Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Memorial Building. Free parking is available in the DCR lot at 5 Water Street in Fall River. An adult must accompany children. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit Mass.gov/COVID. For more information, call 508-675-5759.
HERITAGE QUEST: Activities
Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Stop by the Visitor Center, pick up one of our unique Moments in Fall River History coloring sheets. Try your hand at origami or even weave a row on our community loom. If you fill in an entire row, you can also add your name tag! Get creative and make a holiday ornament or decoration! This is a self-guided walk-in program. Stay for the duration or drop by for a few moments.
Water + Granite + Gravity = Fall River.
Fall River was once the third largest city in Massachusetts with thriving factories and bustling piers on its waterfront. water they produced, there would be no Fall River. The park showcases this heritage with seven distinct granite markers around the park that commemorate the industry that has been here. This is a 30 minute walk through the history of the waterfront connecting pathfinders and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours begin at reception. Saturday at 11 a.m.
People, ambition and hard work
A Luso-American poet, a beloved local entrepreneur, a decorated military hero, and a visionary state legislator all have their names inscribed in the Fall River Heritage Park. Who were these people and how did they inspire others with their vision, ambition and hard work? This is a short walking tour of monuments named in honor of these pioneers and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours begin at the Visitor Center reception. Saturdays at 2 p.m.
EXHIBITIONS AT THE VISITOR CENTER:
Every day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1) FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND MARITIME HISTORY, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Visitor Center
Massachusetts is at the center of American maritime history. Some of them have been hidden until now. The sea also played an important role in the history of African Americans who worked in industry. Maritime fortunes, based in part on slavery, helped found some of our most sacred institutions. It’s a fascinating, overlooked story full of surprises and revelations. This special exhibit is on loan from the Commonwealth Museum, Boston, courtesy of the Secretary of State. In the Lobby Gallery, open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Opening on January 14 and closing on March 4, 2022.
2) FACES OF FALL RIVER
Meet the people of Fall River’s past through a gallery of classic black-and-white photographs from the textile era. Featured are photos by labor activist/sociologist/photographer Lewis Hine of the immigrant women, men and children who worked in the factories that made Fall River America’s first textile town. It was the photographs that inspired change in American labor laws and helped end child labor.
3) TRACE THE WIRES Explore our comprehensive permanent exhibit that celebrates Fall River’s cultural, ethnic and industrial history. Discover the waterfalls that shaped the city, enabled its industries and even gave it its name. Share the stories of the many ethnic groups from around the world who call this city home.
FILMS AT THE VISITOR CENTER:
1) THE FALL RIVER FABRIC Daily 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Visitor Center Theater. Discover the rich history of Fall River! The Fabric of Fall River features the history of Fall River from the First Peoples, through the era of cotton spinning to the needlecraft of the 1980s. Running time: 34 minutes.
2) LINCOLN PARK REMEMBERED Daily 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Visitor Center Theater. Take a sentimental trip to Southeast Massachusetts’ favorite amusement park that entertained many from 1894 to 1987. Enjoy this fun trip down memory lane with vintage clips and footage dating back to 1920. Duration 45 minutes.
3) THE FALL RIVER LINE Daily at noon, Visitor Center Theater. Climb aboard and explore America’s first line of steamboats, the Fall River Line, which connected New York City to Fall River and was famous for its elegance, grace, and superior service. Visit a bygone era, when how you travel was just as important as getting there. Duration: 57 minutes.
4) SAFE ACCOMMODATIONS: FALL RIVER AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY. Daily 1:00 p.m. Discover the hidden history of Fall River and its role in the Underground Railroad. Discover the houses and streets that hosted escaped former slaves. Learn about Fall River abolitionists, especially women, who opened the doors to freedom and their homes. Shown in our warm and cozy theater. Autonomy: 20 minutes.