An agricultural community from its origin, Dartmouth began attracting wealthy members of the nearby whaling city of New Bedford to its beautiful shores during the 19th century. The private communities of Nonquitt, Salter’s Point, Mishaum Point, were born and are still very much active to this day.
The southern part of town borders Buzzards Bay, and offers a vibrant boating and fishing community, especially within the village of Padanaram. Pristine beaches and estuaries encompass the landscape. Both North and South Dartmouth support a vibrant farming community that provides many of the area’s restaurants with fresh fruits and vegetables year round. The town also has a very active environmental society that protects valuable rural, agricultural, and marine life.
A true gem on the South Coast, Westport is a quaint, rural community that boasts extensive family-owned farmland by the sea. Traditional crops are accompanied by the acclaimed vineyard Westport Rivers, that has consistently produced the highest quality wines. Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a popular summer destination that includes a long sandy beach and campground. Westport Point offers an active harbor with scallop fishing and oyster farming. The town’s history echoes back to the times of whaling and shipbuilding that made the area prosperous, evident in the many antique colonial homes that still stand today.
Take a moment to peruse this wonderful article published in Yankee Magazine about the true hidden treasure that is the South Coast