Heritage State Park Fall River: Juneteenth exhibit, events

FALL RIVER – This month at Heritage State Park, meet some of Fall River’s historic and accomplished Black residents in a special Juneteenth exhibit.

Plus, take local history tours, enjoy movies, and get creative.

All programs are free and open to the public.

The Visitor Center is located at 100 Davol St. in the Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr. Memorial Building.

Free parking is available in the DCR parking lot on Water St.

An adult must supervise the children.

For more information, please call 508-675-5759, ext. 0.

Here’s what’s happening at Heritage State Park in June:

Water + Granite + Gravity = Fall River

Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., meet at the visitor center counter

This tour is guided by a park interpreter and is a walk through history, connecting the park’s wayfinders. Information is available at reception. This is a 30 minute and half mile walk.


Available daily, on call; ask the staff

“The Fall River Line”: Climb aboard and explore the old Fall River Line, famous for its elegance. The running time is 57 minutes.

“Safe Houses: Fall River and the Underground Railroad”: Discover the hidden history of Fall River and its role in the Underground Railroad. The running time is 20 minutes.

“A Tribute to Ensign Jesse L. Brown & Captain Thomas J. Hudner”: Discover the true story behind the theatrical film “Devotion” and the friendship between these two men. Five featurettes tell their stories, with a running time of 30 minutes.

“Profile in Courage: Frederick Douglass in New Bedford”: Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a frequent visitor to Fall River, is featured in this short film about his arrival in New Bedford. The running time is 26 minutes.

From Lewis Latimer to Jesse Brown: the perfect men and women of Black Fall River

Daily, through June 30, exhibit hall in the visitor center

In the spirit of Juneteenth, Heritage State Park recognizes individuals of African descent who have contributed to the fabric of the Fall River community. From the Underground Railroad to the Fall River Line, this exhibit honors Fall Riverites. There are also theme-related activities at the creative station.

Faces of Fall River

Daily visitor center lobby

Explore a selection of historic Fall River photos. This exhibition features the work of Lewis Hine, whose photographs of children in Fall River cotton mills helped the nation end child labor.

People, ambition, hard work

Daily visitor center lobby for information

On this self-guided tour, you’ll see some of the people whose names are enshrined in Heritage State Park: a Portuguese-American poet, a local entrepreneur, a military hero, and a state legislator. Who are they? How did they inspire others? Discover it on this tour.

Creation Station Activities

Daily visitor center lobby

Stop by the visitor center and pick up a unique coloring page depicting moments from Fall River history. Learn about textiles and calico, or even weave a row on the community loom. When you complete an entire row, you can add your name to the tapestry! Learn about the Emancipation Proclamation and historical milestones with creative worksheets. This is a drop-in program for all ages.

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