March 2022 Events at Fall River Heritage State Park:
All programs are free and open to the public. The Visitor Center is located at 200 Davol Street in the Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Memorial Building. Free parking is available in the DCR Lot at 5 Water Street in Fall River. An adult must accompany children. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit Mass.gov/COVID. For more information call 508-675-5759 or visit: https://www.mass.gov/locations/fall-river-heritage-state-park
HERITAGE QUEST: Activities
Daily 9:00 AM—3:00 PM, through March 19th
Stop by the Visitor Center, grab one of our unique coloring sheets of moments in Fall River History. Try your hand at origami or even weave a row on our community loom. If you complete an entire row, you too can add your name tag! This is a drop-in self-guided program. Stay for the duration or drop in for a few moments.
- Water + Granite + Gravity= Fall River.
Fall River was once the third largest city in Massachusetts with thriving factories and bustling piers on its waterfront. Without the water of the Taunton and Quequechan Rivers, the granite cliffs and the power of gravity and the waterfalls that they produced, there would be no Fall River. The Park highlights this legacy with seven distinct granite way finders around the Park that commemorate the industry that has been here. This is a 30-minute walk through waterfront history connecting the way finders and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours start at the Front Desk. Saturdays at 11:00 am through March 19th.
- People, Ambition and Hard Work
A Portuguese American poet, a beloved local entrepreneur, a decorated military hero, and a visionary state legislator all have their names enshrined in Fall River Heritage Park. Who were these people and how did they inspire others through their vision, ambition, and hard work? This is a short walking tour of the landmarks named for these pioneers and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours start at the Front Desk in the Visitor Center. Saturdays at 2:00 pm through March 19th.
EXHIBITS IN VISITOR CENTER: Daily 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, through March 19th.
- FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND MARITIME HISTORY, 8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M., Visitor Center
Massachusetts is at the center of American maritime history. Some of it has been hidden until now. The sea also played a significant role in the history of African- Americans who worked in the industry. Maritime fortunes, based in part on slavery, helped found some of our most hallowed institutions. It is a fascinating and neglected story full of surprises and revelations. This special exhibit is on loan from the Commonwealth Museum in Boston, courtesy of the Secretary of State. In the Lobby Gallery, open daily from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closing March 4, 2022.
- FACES OF FALL RIVER, 8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M., Visitor Center
Meet the people of Fall River’s past through a gallery of classic black and white photographs from the textile era. Featured are photos by labor activist/sociologist/photographer Lewis Hine of the immigrant women, men and children who worked the mills that made Fall River the premiere textile city in America. These are the photographs that inspired change in American labor laws and helped abolish child labor.
- TRACING THE THREADS Explore our comprehensive permanent exhibit which celebrates the cultural, ethnic, and industrial history of Fall River. Learn about the waterfalls that shaped the city, enabled its industries, and even gave it its name. Share the stories of the many ethnic groups from around the world who called this city home.