Historic District

The City of New Bedford is home to fifteen historic districts which are listed on the National Register
of Historic Places and one local historic district, the Bedford-Landing Waterfront District.

Local historic district designation differs from listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
National Register Districts recognize areas which are important to national history, and only provide a
review process for projects using public funding or licensing; otherwise there is no protection against alterations which may diminish or destroy historic resources. In contrast, the exteriors of properties located within a local historic district cannot be altered without the review and approval of the
New Bedford Historical Commission.

National Register Districts

ACUSHNET HEIGHTS HISTORIC DISTRICT
BUTTONWOOD PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT
CENTRAL NEW BEDFORD HISTORIC DISTRICT
COUNTY STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT
FORT TABER HISTORIC DISTRICT
MANOMET MILLS HISTORIC DISTRICT
MERRILL’S WHARF HISTORIC DISTRICT
MORELAND TERRACE HISTORIC DISTRICT
NEW BEDFORD NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK HISTORICAL DISTRICT
NORTH BEDFORD HISTORIC DISTRICT
NB GAS & EDISON LIGHT COMPLEX
WAMSUTTA MILLS HISTORIC DISTRICT
 WHITMAN MILLS HISTORICAL DISTRICT

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Local Historic District

BEDFORD-LANDING WATERFRONT DISTRICT

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