Mattapoisett Harbor, Christmas 1996

The season's first snowfall at Shipyard Park

Now known as Shipyard Park, this location was the site of one of the many shipyards which ringed Mattapoisett Harbor in the early 1800s. From this spot were launched sturdy Whaling vessels destined to sail the waters of the world.

At the turn of the century, a group of local citizens purchased the land of this former shipyard, and donated it to the town for the purpose of creating a park. Atop the gazeebo sits a wind vane in the shape of a Whale, recalling the town's heritage.

Today, Shipyard Park is the focal point of many social activities, including the arrival of Santa Clause to greet the town's children each Christmas season.

A home overlooking Shipyard Park

The park at sunset

Dana P. Morris
243 Sconticut Neck Road, Fairhaven, Massachusetts
copyright 1997, Dana P. Morris


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