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Third District Courthouse of Long Ago
New Bedford

On The Corner of Second Street and William Street is this old Brownstone building that has housed many things over the years.

It was a third District Courthouse and the old New Bedford Institution for Savings bank in 1853.

Later it served various purposes such as the Auto parts store that you can see in these mid 20th century photographs below.  At this writing in 2010, it is the National Park's Visitor Center.
For information on programs, events and walking tours:
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740.
Tel. 508-996-4095. Website: www.nps.gov/nebe
Today it is a beautiful addition to the downtown's historic area.

If you click on the photos below you can see a lot of details.
The building on the right is the current center and below are 2 photos from the mid 1900's.

old courthouse in New BEdford - www.WhalingCity.net


Old Courthouse at 2nd and williams Street in New Bedford - www.Whalingcity.net
 
 
 

 


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