Dartmouth, Massachusetts is a beautiful, coastal town that was settled by Quakers around November 1652. The land was purchased from the Wampanoag tribe in an effort to break away from the oppressive religious laws of the Puritans in Plymouth. Mostly an agricultural community, in the 19th century parts of Dartmouth became a resort for the wealthier members of New Bedford. Today, Dartmouth has become a center for education and higher learning.
Related Day Trips:
- Knowles Beach – A small beach across from a wharf. A quiet beach, but sometimes whiffs of gasoline carry over from the boats.
- Smith Farm Reserve – A large wooded preserve that has a horseshoe pond and an observation deck that overlooks the wetlands. http://www.dnrt.org/management/reserves/21.htm