Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Historical Association

Restoration, preservation and perpetuation of Fort Rodman and it's surroundings.

Parking

Car Parking

Fort Taber Park will begin on May 15th, 2024. Please come in and pick up a parking pass at the desk to park in the Museum Parking spots while visiting the Museum. When you arrive, get a parking pass from the Museum Front desk for your car.

Announcements

Please check our News/Blog section and our Events section for all announcements, news, and event programming. Stay updated with the latest happenings, exciting events, and important updates from the Fort Taber Military Museum. 

We're excited to announce a new virtual tour of Fort Rodman-Fort Taber Park! Check out our virtual tour to see a stunning drone view of the fort's interior and a ground-level perspective of the stone fort. We hope you enjoy it!

A big thank you to Peter Hanney of Hanney Property Solutions for his fantastic camera work, drone footage, and editing that made this tour possible.

HISTORY OF THE FORT

1800 - New Bedford became the world’s foremost whaling port by the middle of the nineteenth-century. The port’s upriver location provided natural protection from coastal gales, but not the storms of national and international controversy. A British raid during the American Revolution demonstrated the vulnerability of the port in 1778 when seventy vessels and twenty-six storehouses were left in ruin. The need for coastal defense was obvious again during the War of 1812... see timeline

MUSEUM HISTORY

The Fort Taber Fort Rodman military Museum opened in August 2004. Our collection consisted of twenty photographs, two shelf units and a display case. Since then it has grown in every way with new exhibited items, more volunteers, physical size with the construction of a new addition, and most importantly visitors. Our average annual visitor rate is over 8,500 people, resulting in the museum being hailed as the “biggest little military museum in the... read more

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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

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“Lights of Peace” Flag for July 2024. To Honor George E. Church WWII Veteran and Benefactor

The 58th Lights for Peace flag, To fly at the Fort Taber – Fort Rodman Military Museum honors the memory of George E. Church of Rochester, a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps who served during WWII. The month of July is the 10th anniversary of his passing. Flag To Honor George E.…

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Hours for July 4, 2024

The Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Military Museum 1000C Rodney French Blvd. New Bedford, MA. will be open on Thursday July 4, 2024, from 1-4PM. There is free parking to visit the Museum just let the Gate person know you are going to the Museum, park in one of our designated parking places and get a parking…

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Treasures inside the Museum – A PBS Film

Click the Link Below, to watch our Amazing piece on the PBS show ” Treasures inside the Museum” This was filmed in March 2021, by the Rhode Island PBS. It was released in April 2021 Volunteers : Brian Ruh, Robert St. Laurent, Cynthia Yoken, John Byrnes, and Association President Bill Niedzwiedz are featured in this…

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We have a YouTube Channel!

A Message from our Association President Bill Niedzwiedz : I would like to welcome all to our new YouTube Channel I have uploaded a few short videos and the three videos of our 2024 Speaker Series there will be one more this month and then we will be starting back up after the summer season.…

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Fort Taber – Fort Rodman Military Museum honors Albert Tarini with Lights of Peace Flag Dedication

During the month of June, the 57th Lights for Peace flag to fly at the Fort Taber – Fort Rodman Military Museum honors the memory of Technician 5th Grade Albert Tarini, who, at the age of 24, was killed in action during WWII. Albert Tarini was born in New Bedford on April 22, 1921, to…

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Our Contract With The City Explained

To all the Friends of the Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Military Museum & Veterans Memorial. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about all the publicity that has been going on about the museum and our contract with the City of New Bedford. There has been some information that has been misstated about our…

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The Joe Langlois Dedication

Recently, we honored our friend and late association President Joe Langlois. With a dedication in our north wing. The dedication was done by our current President, Bill Niedzwiedz. Joe’s wife Janet Langlois, & our treasurer Bob St. Laurent. As well as others to honor our friend who passed away on Feb 29, 2020.   We miss…

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“Lights of Peace” Flag Looking for Local Veterans to Honor

To All who want to honor a Local Veteran,  The “Lights of Peace” Flag that is outside The Fort Rodman-Fort Taber Military Museum. Is currently looking for Local Veterans to Honor each month.  Empire Ford (who sponsors the program) is looking for Local Veterans to honor. Please Follow the link in order to recommend a…

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FTFRHA Featured in MassRealty Article

The Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Historical Association is committed to preserving the military history of the fort and its surroundings. Fort Rodman doesn’t only offer historical information; it is an important memorial dedicated to the legacy of the area’s veterans and their service to the nation. Moreover, the association aims to demonstrate how the fort is…

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