Viva Fall River

About Fall River

Authentic. Vibrant. Diverse.

With its unique blend of old-world European charm and vibrant urban atmosphere, Fall River offers a truly unforgettable experience. Steeped in rich history and brimming with cultural diversity, this city is a true coastal gem on Massachusetts’ south coast.


Our History At A Glance

Fall River has a fascinating history that spans several centuries. Once a quiet area inhabited by Native Americans, the city experienced a boom during the Industrial Revolution, becoming a prominent hub for textile manufacturing and attracting a diverse influx of immigrants who contributed to its cultural tapestry. Today, visitors can immerse themselves in the city’s rich heritage and experience the enduring charm and appeal that Fall River offers.

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Emeril Lagasse

Lagasse is a renowned American chef and television personality, known for his dynamic culinary style and his popularization of New Orleans cuisine. But his cooking skills were honed right here in his hometown of Fall River!

Lizzie Borden

Famous or infamous? Lizzie Borden was a Fall River socialite accused, and ultimately acquitted, of the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. The sensational trial and the mystery surrounding the case have made Lizzie Borden an enduring subject of fascination and speculation.

Joe Raposo

Born and raised in Fall River, Joe Raposo was a highly talented and influential composer, songwriter, and pianist, best known for his work on the beloved children’s television show “Sesame Street”, penning its iconic theme song as well as classic songs such as “Bein’ Green”, “C Is For Cookie” and “Sing.”

George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos is a prominent American journalist, political commentator, television host, and a native of Fall River. Known for his role as the chief anchor of ABC News and co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” Stephanopoulos has established himself as a respected figure in the world of news and political analysis.

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Native History

The Native American influence in Fall River is deeply rooted and has left an indelible mark on the city’s culture and identity. The city takes pride in honoring and celebrating its Native American heritage, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the indigenous roots that continue to shape the community.

Fall River was originally inhabited by the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation. From the Pocasset people’s ancient presence in the area to their significant contributions to the region’s history, their influence can be seen in the city’s art, traditions, and even local place names. The “falling” river that the name Fall River refers to is the Quequechan River (pronounced “Quick-a-shan” by locals). Quequechan is a Wampanoag word believed to mean “Falling River” or “Leaping/Falling Waters.”

The Pocasset Native American community has demonstrated remarkable resilience in preserving their cultural identity throughout history. Today, they proudly maintain the distinction of possessing the first reservation in the United States, known as The Watuppa Pond Reservation, located in Fall River. This reservation stands as a testament to the enduring presence and significance of the Pocasset people in the region, showcasing their ongoing commitment to their heritage and land.

Made In Fall River

From the heyday of textile manufacturing to the present day, Fall River continues to be a hub of innovation and craftsmanship, with numerous businesses proudly labeling their products as “Made in Fall River.” Moreover, the spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity thrives in Fall River, with local artisans and small businesses adding to the vibrant tapestry of products made within the city.

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