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"Padanaram can feel like another world entirely."
The Boston Globe, October 2017
Padanaram, a charming village in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, lies along the Apponagansett River, also known as Padanaram Harbor.
In 1652, it was purchased from Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoag tribe. In the mid 18th century, Padanaram’s fine harbor helped the village to become a ship-building center. This tradition continues today, and the area still boasts craftspeople who are experts in building and maintaining boats.
The village was known as Ponagansett in the early records. At the start of the 19th century, Laban Thatcher arrived from Cape Cod. Building a wharf, a shipyard, a windmill, and a magnesia factory, he became a pillar of the community. However, he is best known for “Laban’s Folly”, an elaborate saltworks which proved to be a failure.
It was Laban Thatcher who gave the name Padanaram to the village. It was believed that he saw an analogy in his own life and fortunes to the biblical Laban, who dwelt in Padan-Aram, the plain of Aram located in northwest Mesopotamia.
Padanaram has evolved greatly since its early days. The village is a growing hub of activity with several popular restaurants, retail shops, and professional services available. Padanaram is also home to the New Bedford Yacht Club, which bi-annually hosts the Buzzards Bay Regatta. Padanaram Harbor is a popular destination for boaters cruising Buzzards Bay, as well as other vacationers enjoying the summer season on the South Coast of Massachusetts.
Dartmouth is located in the heart of Massachusetts’ majestic South Coast and is renowned for its rolling farm land, wineries and quaint coastal village where home buyers are discovering a quintessential New England paradise, one with both a rich agricultural and seafaring history.