U.S. Custom House-Customary Duty
New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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 Bedford’s 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. Touch 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.
Also see . . .
1. U. S. Custom House (New Bedford) - Maritime History of Massachusetts. (Submitted on January 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.)
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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 4, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 2. submitted on August 25, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on January 4, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on January 5, 2013. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.