Fort Phoenix State Reservation

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Fort Phoenix State Reservation
Massachusetts State Park
Fairhaven Beachfront.jpg
Aerial view of the reservation;
Fort Phoenix's remnant ramparts may be seen in the foreground at the bottom of the image
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Bristol
Town Fairhaven
Landmark Fort Phoenix
Body of water Buzzards Bay
Elevation 7 ft (2 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°37′27″N 70°53′56″W / 41.62417°N 70.89889°W / 41.62417; -70.89889Coordinates: 41°37′27″N 70°53′56″W / 41.62417°N 70.89889°W / 41.62417; -70.89889 [1]
Area 28 acres (11 ha) [2]
Established Early 1960s
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Fort Phoenix State Reservation is located in Massachusetts
Fort Phoenix State Reservation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Fort Phoenix State Reservation

Fort Phoenix State Reservation is a public recreation area on Buzzards Bay in the town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The reservation encompasses 28 acres (11 ha) adjacent to the remains of Fort Phoenix, an American Revolutionary War fort and national landmark from which the reservation takes its name. Off shore, the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought near the Elizabeth Islands, which may be visible from the remnants of the fort's ramparts.[3][4][5] The state park is maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, while Fort Phoenix is separately managed and maintained by the town of Fairhaven.[6]

Park history[edit]

The reservation's beach saw the first flush of popularity in the 1880s when visitors were brought here by trolley from New Bedford. The area came under state management in the early 1960s.[6]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park's half-mile beachfront offers swimming, hiking, picnicking and wheelchair-accessible restrooms,[3] as well as tennis and basketball courts, outdoor showers, grills, and playground.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Fort Phoenix State Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "A Historical Timeline of Fairhaven Massachusetts". Town of Fairhaven. February 4, 2005. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Flanagan, John (March 17, 1946). "Many ownership changes seen in tiny tract where Vikings, Indians and colonists roamed". The Standard-Times. New Bedford.  Reproduced at West Island Spyglass. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Fairhaven Visitors Guide" (PDF). Town of Fairhaven, Office of Tourism. 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 

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