City of New Bedford History and Resources

The City of New Bedford is seen by its residents as a wonderfully diverse and culturally rich community with a proud past, present and future. The whaling capital of the world in the 18th century, the city has evolved to become the home of many major industries, which manufacture products used throughout the United States and abroad. The city prides itself on its working waterfront and historic district, as well as its expanding retail and tourist trades. While it is a city of approximately 100,000 people, New Bedford maintains a close-knit community feel. Recently named one of the top ten "Green Cities" in the country, New Bedford residents feel that its parks are breathtaking and its beaches gorgeous. Enhanced with festivals and celebrations throughout the year, New Bedford is a wonderful place to visit. The unbeatable quality of life relished by residents makes New Bedford an even better place to live and raise a family. 
Narrative supplied by community.

Chronological History of New Bedford

Melville's New Bedford

Clark's Pointe Light

New Bedford Free Public Library

Community Profile

New Bedford Whaling Historic National Park

Exploring New Bedford's Architecture

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Federal Census, 1790, New Bedford 

Palmer's Island Light

Federal Census, 1850, New Bedford

Photo Gallery

Federal Census, 1860, New Bedford

Whaling: An American Tradition 

From Old Dartmouth to Modern New Bedford

Historic Maps Covering New Bedford

Map of 1690 Settlers in New Bedford