Boston December 21, 2017
The Town Near Boston That Might Just Be The Most Unique Town In The World
There’s a town near Boston that was home to an alleged serial killer, has a mystery rock that no one can decipher, and a motto of “we’ll try.” Combine that with a rich Portuguese heritage and vast collection of naval boats from World War II, and it’s fair to say that there’s no other town quite like Fall River, Massachusetts.
Fall River is located 50 miles south of Boston, close to the Rhode Island border.
Although the town was only incorporated in 1803, the area had been inhabited for much longer.
Fall River was known for textile manufacturing. It was once the largest producer of cotton cloth in the nation and the second biggest producer in the world.
Several celebrities hail from Fall River, including chef Emeril Lagasse and journalist and ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.
But the most famous Fall River resident of all is probably Lizzie Borden.
In the late 1892, Borden became an infamous figure for her possible involvement in the brutal murders of her father and stepmother, who were discovered dead in their home, each with dozens of axe wounds.
Although Borden was found innocent at trial, public fascination with her continues. Today, you can tour her house.
It’s now a B&B, so if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even stay overnight at this reportedly haunted hotel.
Address: 230 2nd Street, Fall River
Stroll through Fall River’s parks, three of which were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.
Nearby, Dighton Rock State Park houses a petroglyph-covered rock. No one has ever been able to unlock the mystery of its inscriptions.
Make an appointment to view the 40-ton boulder and see if you have any better luck. After all, it’s been baffling people since the 17th century.
Address: 3rd Avenue, Berkley
Fall River has seven miles of riverfront to explore. Along the banks of the Taunton River, you’ll find the world’s largest collection of historic navy vessels.
Wander around Battleship Cove. Here you’ll find boats like a naval destroyer, a submarine, and the USS Massachusetts.
Address: 5 Water Street, Fall River
No visit to Fall River would be complete without stopping in at the Lafayette Durfee House. Step back into 1750, at the only restored colonial home open for tours in town.
Address: 94 Cherry Street, Fall River
By the 1890s, twenty percent of Fall River’s population was Portuguese, mostly from the Azores.
This influenced the food scene here; now the town boasts a cluster of delectable Portuguese restaurants.
Sagres (177 Columbia Street) and Estoril (1577 Pleasant Street) are both excellent options.
Home chefs can pick up ingredients at Portugalia Marketplace to recreate the flavors of Portugal in their own kitchens. Tucked inside a building that was once a textile mill, this specialty grocery store is a must-visit spot.
Address: 489 Bedford Street, Fall River
If you’re seeking an eatery with a view, head to the Cove Marina and Restaurant. It overlooks the river and offers enticing seafood and steak entrees, along with artisan cocktails.
Address: 392 Davol Street, Fall River
These are just a sprinkling of the attractions waiting for you in Fall River, a one-of-a-kind place that belongs on your bucket list.
Have you visited this fascinating little town? Do you have a favorite spot to visit? Let us know in the comments!
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