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 the children. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Please follow all applicable 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 search activities
Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Stop by the Visitor Center, pick up one of our unique Moments from Fall River History coloring sheets. Try your hand at origami or weave a row on our community loom. If you fill out an entire row, you can add your badge as well! Get creative and create a holiday ornament or decoration! This is a self-guided walk-in program. Stay for the duration or spend a few moments.
Water + Granite + Gravity = Fall River
Saturdays in January at 11:00 a.m.
Fall River was once the third largest city in Massachusetts with flourishing factories and bustling piers on its waterfront. Without the water from the Taunton and Quequechan rivers, the granite cliffs, the force of gravity, and the waterfalls of the water they produce, there would be no Fall River. The park showcases this heritage with seven distinct granite markers around the park that commemorate the industry that has existed here. This is a 30 minute walk through the history of the waterfront connecting the wayfinders and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours start at the reception of the Visitor Center.
People, ambition and hard work
Saturdays in January at 2:00 p.m.
A Portuguese-American poet, beloved local entrepreneur, decorated military hero, and visionary state lawmaker all have their names inscribed in Fall River Heritage Park. Who were these people and how did they inspire others with their vision, ambition and hard work? This is a short walking tour of the monuments named in honor of these pioneers and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours begin at the reception of the Visitor Center.
Safe Houses: Fall River and the Underground Railroad
Monday January 17 at 2:45 p.m.
Join us for a special screening in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Discover the hidden history of Fall River and its role in the Underground Railroad. Discover the houses and streets that hosted fleeing people who were once enslaved. Learn about the Fall River abolitionists, especially the women, who opened the doors to freedom and their homes. Shown in our cozy and warm theater. Duration: 20 minutes.
EXHIBITIONS AT THE VISITOR CENTER:
From Slavery to Freedom: African Americans and Maritime History
Daily from January 14 to March 4, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Visitor Center Lobby Gallery
Massachusetts is at the center of American maritime history. Some of them have been hidden so far. The sea has also played an important 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 sacred institutions. It’s a fascinating and little-known story full of surprises and revelations. This special exhibit is on loan from the Commonwealth Museum, Boston, courtesy of the Secretary of State.
Food for thought: the origins of Massachusetts foods and why it matters
Daily from January 1 to 13, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Visitor Center Lobby Gallery
Be prepared to be surprised! This colorful exhibit explores the cultural exchanges that resulted from the first arrival of Europeans in Bay State, focusing on food, ecological changes and the pleasant culinary legacy of the confluence of cultures. This special holiday exhibit is on loan from the Commonwealth Museum in Boston.
Faces of Fall River
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Daily, Visitor Center
Meet the people of Fall River’s past through a gallery of classic black-and-white photographs from the textile age. On display are photos by labor activist / sociologist / photographer Lewis Hine of the immigrant women, men and children who worked in the factories that made Fall River America’s first textile town. It was the photographs that inspired the change in US labor laws and helped end child labor.
Trace the wires
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Daily, Visitor Center
Explore our comprehensive permanent exhibit that celebrates the cultural, ethnic and industrial history of Fall River. Discover 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 have made this city their home.
FILMS AT THE WELCOME CENTER THEATER
The fabric of Fall River
Daily 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Visitor Center Theater
Discover Fall River’s rich past! Fall River Fabric presents the history of Fall River from the earliest peoples, through the era of cotton spinning to the needlework of the 1980s. Length: 34 minutes.
Lincoln Park remembers
Daily 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Visitor Center Theater
Take a sentimental trip to Southeastern Massachusetts’ favorite amusement park, which entertained many from 1894 to 1987. Enjoy this fun ride through the past with vintage clips and footage from 1920. Length 45 minutes.
The Fall River Line
Every day at noon, Reception center theater
Climb aboard and explore America’s first line of steamboats, the Fall River Line, which ran from New York to Fall River and was famous for its elegance, grace, and superior service. Visit a bygone era when how you traveled was just as important as getting there. Duration: 57 minutes.