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|
Local Historic District
|BEDFORD-LANDING WATERFRONT DISTRICT|