Local History

A myriad of items dating from the 19th to the 20th century can be found in our local history collection, which documents various aspects of the city’s rich past and includes objects and architectural elements, several of which are unique in nature. Examples include: fragments of the brass ornamentation from the so-called Skeleton In Armor, discovered in Fall River in 1832, and celebrated on paper by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) in his 1840 poem of the same name; and pieces of the Buttonwood Tree, which originally delineated the boundary between Fall River, Massachusetts, and its southern neighbor, Fall River, Rhode Island. 

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