Inscription. Change of Address
By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
|1. The Andrew Robeson House Marker|
Andrew Robeson, whaling merchant and steadfast abolitionist, built this Federal-style house in 1821 on a lot on North Second Street, diagonally behind you. The estate, with its conservatory, gardens, surrounding elm trees, and white picket fence, occupied two city blocks. The brick mansion stood then and now as a testament to the profits of the New Bedford whaling industry.
During the mid-19th century many of the whaling elite built homes in this neighborhood to be close to the wharves and business district. From here they beat daily paths to the counting houses and financial institutions, where they fostered and grew their whaling fortunes.
Erected by National Parks Service.
Location. 41° 38.129′ N, 70° 55.447′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on Williams Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Signs of the Time (here, next to this marker); U.S. Custom House-Customary Duty (a few steps from this marker); New Bedford Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mariner's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seamen's Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); Viking (within shouting distance of this marker); Double Bank (about 300 feet away, in a direct line); The Benjamin Rodman House (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Bedford.