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

U.S. Custom House-Customary Duty

New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park

 

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

 
U.S. Customs House-Customary Duty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 30, 2010
1. U.S. Customs House-Customary Duty Marker
Inscription. Customary Duty-Replacing a makeshift operation closer to the waterfront, the U.S. Custom House at Bedford opened on this site in 1836. Here ship captains walked up the granite steps to register their crews and declare their cargoes before they were granted clearance to leave or enter the port.

The custom house was built at a time when the nation was flush with customs-generated income. Duties collected on imported goods paid for roads, railroads, lighthouses, and countless public buildings. This custom house directly linked whaling and New Bedford to the engine of the U.S. economy and to the works of the young federal government.

New Bedfordís custom house was designed by Robert Mills, later designer of the Washington Monument. Built almost entirely of granite, it was one of the first entirely fireproof federal buildings. This is the oldest continuously operating custom house in the United States. The photo is the U.S. Custom House at New Bedford, 1870
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 38.124′ N, 70° 55.458′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on North Second Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 North Second Street, New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

U.S. Customs House-Customary Duty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 30, 2010
2. U.S. Customs House-Customary Duty Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Signs of the Time (a few steps from this marker); The Andrew Robeson House (a few steps from this marker); Civil Warís First Black Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Heroes of Fort Wagner (within shouting distance of this marker); New Bedford Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mariner's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving Whaling's Legacy (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 . . .
1. U. S. Custom House (New Bedford) - Maritime History of Massachusetts. (Submitted on January 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.)
2. Custom House - Historical American Buildings Survey Record. The HABS record for the New Bedford Custom House, with 6 photos and several pages of historical and architectural information for this building. (Submitted on January 5, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Government
 
U.S. Custom House (1961): <i>East (front) and North elevations</i> image. Click for full size.
By Ned Goode, circa August 1961
3. U.S. Custom House (1961): East (front) and North elevations
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on . • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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