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The Fall River Historical Commission will be meeting this evening, October 17, 2023 at 6PM in the Committee Hearing Room...
10/17/2023

The Fall River Historical Commission will be meeting this evening, October 17, 2023 at 6PM in the Committee Hearing Room at Government Center.
During the regular meeting, the board will be hearing a presentation regarding the Certified Local Government program from Jennifer Doherty, Local Government Programs Coordinator with the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

06/06/2023

The partners who run the Fall River Arts Project recently received approval to paint a mural in Kennedy Park, and expect to start later in June.

06/05/2023
The Fall River Historical Commission is pleased to announce the completion of the city’s first set of Design Guidelines ...
05/31/2023

The Fall River Historical Commission is pleased to announce the completion of the city’s first set of Design Guidelines that acts as an aide to property owners of historic buildings. While it mostly caters to homeowners, there is a section related to historic commercial buildings and storefronts. The guidelines are available to anyone, whether the property is within the protected Highlands 40c Local Historic District, any of the city’s National Register Districts, or simply an older historic building.
Copies can be downloaded direct from the Historical Commission’s webpage.

Funded by a Community Preservation Act grant, the Design Guidelines for the preservation of historic properties are available for all Fall River residents.

Walking tours are planned of Oak Grove Cemetery, hosted by the Preservation Society of Fall River. Free event!
05/03/2023

Walking tours are planned of Oak Grove Cemetery, hosted by the Preservation Society of Fall River. Free event!

May is National Preservation Month and to celebrate, the Preservation Society presents “Milling About Oak Grove” — a historic cemetery walking tour on some of Fall River’s notable residents related to the city’s historic mills!

We will be hosting two tours on May 20 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. FREE of charge!

Groups will depart promptly from the Oak Grove Cemetery main entrance, so arrive early!

04/26/2023

The National Park Service is highlighting a Fall River home for its connection to the Underground Railroad.

A wonderful article about all of the good that is happening in our city. Our incredible architectural and cultural fabri...
04/17/2023

A wonderful article about all of the good that is happening in our city. Our incredible architectural and cultural fabric will be a significant contribution to Fall River’s future.

“A good place to be pleasantly surprised”

The Fall River Historical Commission will be meeting in the Atrium of Government Center on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 6P...
04/11/2023

The Fall River Historical Commission will be meeting in the Atrium of Government Center on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 6PM to discuss the following agenda.
Of particular note, the commission will be hearing a presentation by Macrostie Historic Advisors / Ryan, LLC to give an overview of the federal and state Historic Tax Credit Program - a crucial financial incentive that has helped rehabilitate historic buildings across Fall River.
After the presentation, a Q&A session will take place. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the program itself, and what that means for the city.

The windows look fantastic! This project is utilizing State Historic Tax Credits administered by the Massachusetts Histo...
03/22/2023

The windows look fantastic! This project is utilizing State Historic Tax Credits administered by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The Fall River Historical Commission has provided letters of support for the rehabilitation of this building, which will inject new activity along Third Street.

03/20/2023

Fall River is full of historical buildings and places, many dating to the city’s golden age. But some of these architectural wonders are in danger.

The Fall River Historical Commission will be meeting virtually via Zoom at 6pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 to discuss the...
03/19/2023

The Fall River Historical Commission will be meeting virtually via Zoom at 6pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 to discuss the following agenda. Please see notice for instructions on joining the hearing.

The chair of the Fall River Historical Commission will be part of the review team that will look at the proposals to reh...
02/27/2023

The chair of the Fall River Historical Commission will be part of the review team that will look at the proposals to rehabilitate the Bank Street Armory. The structure retains a preservation deed restriction held by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Two local developers on Wednesday toured the Bank Street Armory to get a look at what it would take to bring the 19th century building into the 21st.

02/25/2023
01/11/2022
This was just sent to us by one of our readers. Give it a listen, and let it transport you back in time for a few minute...
09/01/2021

This was just sent to us by one of our readers. Give it a listen, and let it transport you back in time for a few minutes!
https://youtu.be/qhoEKHpLZvw

Tom Clark composed this march in 1895. The march was composed for band and orchestra and arranged for piano by the composer.The Priscilla was a steamship of ...

And yet another of our historic properties is lost...
08/06/2021

And yet another of our historic properties is lost...

The demolition of Lizzie Borden’s grade school was completed after the 129th anniversary of the Borden murders.

A beautiful tale of our hidden gem, recently told on our local NPR station.
06/27/2021

A beautiful tale of our hidden gem, recently told on our local NPR station.

Many cities are re-evaluating their wish list of public works projects as the Biden administration promises the biggest infrastructure bill in generations. In Fall River, one urban planner dreams of restoring the waterfalls that gave the city its name.

06/23/2021
Essex Memorial Library in Tiverton has been transformed into an exclusive vacation rental. The owner leased the building...
03/30/2021

Essex Memorial Library in Tiverton has been transformed into an exclusive vacation rental. The owner leased the building to The Landmark Trust USA, a non-profit organization based in Vermont that rents properties that have been rehabilitated for the sake of preserving history and for use as vacation homes.

Would this work for historic properties in Fall River? If so, which ones?

Richard Epstein, a Vermont resident, spent three years renovating the one-time library into a rental property.

02/25/2021

Please join the MBTA for a virtual Fall River Community Meeting on the South Coast Rail project. They will present an update on Phase 1, the Fall River Depot Station, Weaver's Cove Layover Facility, and the start of construction in Fall River. Following the presentation, the team will be available to answer questions.
Find out more and log on at:
https://www.mbta.com/events/2021-02-25/fall-river-south-coast-rail-virtual-meeting

We'd like to post a quick clarification for those of you who may have read this article before it was corrected by the r...
02/24/2021

We'd like to post a quick clarification for those of you who may have read this article before it was corrected by the reporter (corrected article is linked below.) The original article stated that the owner submitted his plans for the redevelopment project to the Historical Commission, which he did in fact do, but the article went on to state that we did not oppose the demolition.

That is unequivocally false.

The Sagamore Mill buildings are on the list of National Register of Historical Places and are also an important part of Fall River's manufacturing history. We expressed concerns over the complete demolition of the building and encouraged Mr. Silvia to rethink his plans.

Our only recourse in such situations is to enforce the six month waiting period for demolition, which Mr. Silvia respected. Beyond that, and our urgings and offers to help explore other options, there is no other recourse for stopping the demolition of such properties. This is why it is essential that the public take note of the sales of such buildings and hold our elected officials accountable for placing the proper historical restrictions into the sales agreements and deed. When the building was purchased, it was sold with the intent that it would be rehabilitated. Not destroyed. A historic preservation deed restriction would have made it much harder, or even impossible, for the owner to change his plans after purchase.

For now, this is another building we lose. But we can prevent this in the future. We need the public's support, and the support of this current administration, to do so.

A Fall River business owner is razing an old textile building in order to make room for a redevelopment project to include four new professional buildings.

This Wednesday at 7pm.
02/22/2021

This Wednesday at 7pm.

Viva Fall River wants to know what YOU think about arts, culture, local businesses, and more!

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💻Join us on Wednesday at 7pm online and have your voice heard. It's important that we hear from the residents of this City in order to create an action plan that reflects the people who can benefit the most from its success.

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For those of you who are missing the beautiful Christmas decorations at the Fall River Historical Society...🎄
12/17/2020

For those of you who are missing the beautiful Christmas decorations at the Fall River Historical Society...🎄

Since we cannot offer our annual event Deck the Halls! A Victorian Christmas Extravaganza, Featuring Our Famous Themed Trees, we bring you images of our tree...

07/21/2020

FALL RIVER — For more than two decades, the city has tried to successfully sell the century old Bedford Street police station and after a

06/24/2020

SWANSEA – The one-day, low-budget campaign succeeded. Longtime resident Edward Hill won the available seat on the Community Preservation Committee

An interesting story, and well-done. There's so much we'll never know...https://youtu.be/rEOhNRAra2k
05/31/2020

An interesting story, and well-done. There's so much we'll never know...

https://youtu.be/rEOhNRAra2k

The date is May 25th, 1927 - a week before Lizzie Borden dies at her home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Sitting on her porch, Lizzie has a visitor, a young F...

What would you like to see happen with these properties?
05/19/2020

What would you like to see happen with these properties?

Fall River is home to thousands of historic properties, but many are at risk of being erased from their communities – either by neglect or demolition, according to a press release from the Fall River Preservation Society.Because the Preservation Society believes the city should be a leader in prot...

Fascinating account of what Fall River endured during the American Influenza Epidemic of 1918 ...Schools were closed for...
03/20/2020

Fascinating account of what Fall River endured during the American Influenza Epidemic of 1918 ...Schools were closed for 3 weeks...churches- a month...businesses closed, restrictions on gatherings and funerals...sounds familiar, doesn't it?

These precautionary measures undoubtedly saved the lives of countless residents but the toll was still great:

"Between September 16 and the end of 1918, 11,707 cases of influenza were reported to the Fall River Board of Health. Of these cases, 719 died.40 For the period when the disease was considered epidemic – September 16 to October 31 – Fall River experienced 10,624 cases and 629 deaths. These figures are undoubtedly low, however, given that influenza was not a reportable disease until October 4."

Imagine how much worse it could have been had the elected leaders at the time not taken the measures they did.

In a sense, Fall River was caught between the anvil and the stone in the fall of 1918. Boston – epicenter of the influenza epidemic – was just 50 miles away, while Newport, Rhode Island and its naval stations was even closer, a scant 22 miles. Personnel from military installations near both citi...

02/26/2020

The Preservation Society has asked the City to delay any demolition permit until the document can be found

02/17/2020

The City Council Committee on Real Estate will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 5:15 p.m. to discuss possible alternatives to the demolition of the Nathaniel B. Borden School on Morgan Street.

Anyone interested in voicing support for the preservation of this historic building is encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held in the City Council Chamber at Government Center.

A great example of what can happen when we choose to restore and preserve regional character rather than demolish and er...
01/19/2020

A great example of what can happen when we choose to restore and preserve regional character rather than demolish and erase local history.

UMass Dartmouth College for Visual and Performing Arts continues to spark new business growth in New Bedford after 20 years

"Regret goes only one way."Historic preservation has great value to a community- both cultural and practical! Old buildi...
01/03/2020

"Regret goes only one way."

Historic preservation has great value to a community- both cultural and practical! Old buildings can offer opportunities for a community’s future. What now-gone buildings of Fall River past do you miss most?

Preserving old buildings not only benefits a community's culture and identity, but also its businesses and local economy.

Happy Holidays from the Fall River Historical Commission!
12/24/2019

Happy Holidays from the Fall River Historical Commission!

12/03/2019

The Historical Commission and Historic District Commission will be meeting tomorrow, December 3 at 6:30pm in the Hearing Room of City Hall. We have a full agenda which is posted on the city's website. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

11/20/2019

FALL RIVER — The demolition of King Philip Mill has stalled again and the state Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed it is

The demolition delay has run out, and unfortunately, the owner refused to meet with us to discuss options to demolition....
10/16/2019

The demolition delay has run out, and unfortunately, the owner refused to meet with us to discuss options to demolition. So yet another historic property will be lost to the wrecking ball.

FALL RIVER — With just days until Lizzie Borden’s elementary school can be legally demolished, the Preservation Society of Fall River

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Planning day trip to Fall River. Best places to visit in addition to St. Anne's and Portugalia? Especially interested in places on the National Register of Historic Places.
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What a great tour!! Thanks to everyone!
TONIGHT! Your chance to have your voice be heard on the proposed demolition of the Nathaniel B. Borden School (c.1867), the former elementary school of Lizzie Borden. The Fall River Historical Commission will be discussing this topic at 6:30pm TONIGHT at the Government Center (in the meeting room on the 1st floor- below the City Council meeting space.)

If you wish to speak out in support of any plan that preserves this historic building, please join us at the meeting. If you can't make it, consider signing the petition below before the meeting.

Feb 1st @ 6pm :)
Kudos for coming out against the Krampus tree. Christians need to start standing up