The Fairhaven Town Center, tucked away to the side of the Fairhaven Bridge, is a peaceful and historic area dense with beautiful architecture. The Town Center features many buildings donated by Fairhaven’s own Standard Oil magnate, Henry Huttleston Rogers, and features an a variety of architectural works by the noted architect Charles Brigham. Town Center buildings include:
The Fairhaven Town Center was a setting where very important Americans have spent their time. Henry Huttleston Rogers had a number of influential friends, including Mark Twain, Helen Keller, and Booker T. Washington—all of whom spent significant time in the area with Henry Rogers. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the area often during his formative years, and retured even as president. His family owned a home in Fairhaven, and he would spend his summers, as well as holidays and weekends while studying at Harvard University, and the Delano Homestead.
From June through September, the Fairhaven Office of Tourism presents a free, 90-minute Henry H. Rogers Walking Tour each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. The tour starts outside the Town Hall at 40 Center Street.
For self-guided walks, a brochure with a map of the Rogers buildings is available at the Fairhaven Visitors Center at the Academy Building, 141 Main Street.
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