Viva Fall River

Explore Military History in Fall River

Feb 6, 2024 | Attractions, Visit

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating military history of Fall River, Massachusetts! 

Fall River holds a distinguished place in American military history and is located within close proximity to two cities known for American military history, Boston and Newport, RI.

From its pivotal role in the Revolutionary War to its contributions during World War II and beyond, the city has proudly invested in . Whether you’re a military history enthusiast or a proud veteran, Fall River offers a number of attractions where you can honor and explore its rich military heritage.


Lafayette Durfee House (94 Cherry St) –

The Lafayette Durfee House is a living time capsule, nestled in a residential neighborhood not far from Fall River’s downtown. Named after the infamous Revolutionary war figure, General Marquis de Lafayette, who frequently visited the Fall River home of fellow namesake, Judge Thomas Durfee, the house has been dutifully preserved to showcase life in colonial New England. The House contains 18th century relics including hand stitched clothing, civilian muskets and military weapons, medical equipment, and household items. Each year, the House hosts a number of exciting and unconventional events, many connected to the house’s military history. Events range from educational talks, to living history experiences with Revolutionary soldiers, to experiential workshops that teach you how to churn butter, make candles or weave fabric like they did in the 1700s. Where else can you grab tea with Martha Washington herself?


The Museums At Battleship Cove (5 Water St)-

Price: $25 per adult/$15 per child 4-12, Military & Senior discounts available; $10 per adult/$8 per child for Maritime Museum admission only

If you’re willing to brave a little bit of rain on the deck of the mighty ships at Battleship Cove, you can make a day out of exploring the area. Battleship Cove is a non-profit war memorial and historic military museum with an emphasis on naval heritage and a dedication to honoring the veterans who served in defense of our country. Board the epic USS Massachusetts, view the nearby exhibits and cross the road to the Maritime Museum. Nearby, you’ll find Heritage State Park’s visitor center, which offers exhibits and short film screenings exploring Fall River’s history. From spring til mid-fall, the historic Fall River carousel is open to the public, with a homemade ice cream shop offering sweets on the first floor.


Veterans Memorial Bicentennial Park

Dedicated in 1976 to commemorate the bicentennial of the United States, Veterans Memorial Bicentennial Park holds deep historical significance for the Fall River community. The park was conceived as a lasting tribute to the men and women from Fall River who served in the armed forces, spanning conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Over the years, it has become a cherished gathering place where residents and visitors alike come to honor and reflect upon the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes.

In addition to monuments to the Korean War, the War on Terror and Gold Star Families, the park features a replica of the Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington Cemetery, and a 80% to-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC. The opening of the wall has established Bicentennial Park as a place of pilgrimage for veterans, military families and those with an interest in military history. The City of Fall River and veterans organizations frequently use the parks for ceremonies and memorial events, and a concert band performs in front of the Iwo Jima memorial on the Fourth of July each year.