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New Bedford in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Signs of the Time

New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park

 

óNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior ó

 
Signs of the Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 30, 2010
1. Signs of the Time Marker
Inscription. The outward appearance of the brick and brownstone building diagonally in front of you has changed little over the years. However, the signs identifying the ownership and use of the structure have changed repeatedly. It was originally built as a bank in 1854, created to hold the savings of “industrious mechanics, laborers, seamen, widows, minors and others in moderate circumstances.”

In 1899 the Third District Court of Bristol County took over the space and used it until 1914. After a succession of tenants, it was reopened as a bank again in the 1970s. Fleet Bank donated the building to the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) in 1994. When New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park was established in 1996, WHALE donated the old bank to the American people to serve s the parkís visitor center.

Between 1914 and 1975, the “old bank” had various tenants, including a fraternal order and antique shop. In the 1950s and 1960s it housed Johnsonís Auto Parts Store, and what is now the adjacent garden was a parking lot.
 
Location. 41° 38.13′ N, 70° 55.452′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on Williams Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33 William Street, New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
 
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Signs of the Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 30, 2010
2. Signs of the Time Marker
The inscription on the building is Third District Court of Bristol County. On the door is painted the "The Old Bank". This building is now the National Park Visitor Center.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Andrew Robeson House (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); Civil Warís First Black Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Heroes of Fort Wagner (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving Whaling's Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mariner's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Seamenís Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in New Bedford.
 
Also see . . .  New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park - National Park Service. (Submitted on January 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Signs of the Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, August 31, 2014
3. Signs of the Time Marker
The maker has been cleaned.
Signs of the Time and the Customary Duty Markers image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, August 31, 2014
4. Signs of the Time and the Customary Duty Markers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4. submitted on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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