Fort Taber District
|Location||New Bedford, Massachusetts|
|Architectural style||No Style Listed|
|Governing body||GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||February 8, 1973|
Fort Taber District or the "Fort at Clark's Point" is a historic American Civil War-era military fort on Wharf Road within the former Fort Rodman Military Reservation in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The fort is now part of Fort Taber Park, a 47-acre town park located at Clark's Point.
Also known as the Old Stone Fort, Fort Taber began to be constructed the late 1850s, and in 1862 construction became overseen by Henry Robert, author of Robert's Rules of Order. Construction was halted in 1871 and the fort as planned was never completed. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The fort is awaiting restoration and is not open to the public.
Because of its construction history during the Civil War, local citizens called it Fort Taber after New Bedford's mayor during that period. However, the U.S. Army officially named the military reservation at the site and the fort as Fort Rodman Military Reservation, in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Logan Rodman, a New Bedford native with the 38th Massachusetts Infantry who died in the assault on Port Hudson, Louisiana in 1863.
The Clarks Point Light stands on the parapet of the fort. Originally established as a freestanding tower, it was moved to the fort in 1869 because the fort's walls obscured the beacon from some angles. it was deactivated in 1898, but was relit in 2001 by the city as a private aid to navigation.
Fort Taber Historical Association Museum
The Fort Taber Historical Association Museum is located at Fort Taber Park, and features a miniature model of the fort, uniforms from different eras during the fort's active use, photos and military memorabilia. It is operated by the Fort Taber/Fort Rodman Historical Association and opened in 2004.
The park includes several gun batteries, and American Revolution and Civil War re-enactments are held in the park.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.