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New Bedford Historic District

New Bedford, Massachusetts
County of Bristol.
Water, Front, Elm Streets, Acushnet Avenue, & Commercial Street
National Register Number: 66000773
Resource type: District.
Property type: Historic District: Historical. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: MA-4 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Historic District; www.nps.gov/nebe.
Web Site: www.rixsan.com/nbvisit/attract/histdist.htm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 13, 1966):
New Bedford's growth as a whaling port began shortly after the town was established in the early 1760s. In the 1840s, New Bedford superseded Nantucket as the most important U.S. whaling port. The wealth produced by whaling is evident in the structures in the historic district, which include the William Rotch House, a National Historic Landmark in its own right.

The Landmark, made a National Historic Site in 1996, received a Save America's Treasures matching grant of $150,000 in 2001 for renovation of the Corson Building.

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