White’s Factory

Step back in time at White’s Factory, the ruins of a former cotton and saw mill along the edge of the freshwater Acushnet River. These stone walls have stood for over 200 years at this former hotspot of local industry. Today, this conserved property protects clean water and river habitat for migratory fish.

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Picnic table beneath a tree next to White's Factory

Bring along a picnic to have lunch beside a piece of history at White’s Factory.

White’s Factory is named for William White Sr., who first built a water-powered cotton mill on this site in 1799. The mill, which one of the first cotton-spinning mills in the nation, provided most of the jobs in Acushnet outside of farming. It remained in operation until 1854, when it was converted to a saw mill that ran into the 20th century.

After it was abandoned, the former mill became covered in plant growth until volunteers restored the ruins in 2008. Today, the walls and water wheel arches of White’s Factory are a popular draw for photographers, who love to use these ancient-looking stones as a backdrop for portraits or simply contrast them against the dramatic open sky beyond. If you’re exploring the ruins, take care around its old stone walls; they are unsupported and could collapse if climbed or pushed on.

Two acres protected by the Fairhaven-Acushnet Land Trust stretch behind White’s Factory. Picnic tables are located behind the ruins and down by the riverbank. Take a few hours here and add in a walk through the meadow and woods at neighboring Hamlin Crossing, directly on the other side of the river.

Habitats & Wildlife

White’s Factory sits at the edge of the freshwater Acushnet River, which flows along the eastern border of the property on its way south to New Bedford Harbor and Buzzards Bay. Waterfowl stop over on the river and neighboring wetlands to rest their wings, while migratory fish like river herring and American eels swim beneath the surface. These species use the nature-like fishway here to migrate upstream – all the way from the Bay to the river’s headwaters at the New Bedford Reservoir.

Together, White’s Factory and nearby protected public properties like Hamlin Crossing, The Sawmill, LaPalme Farm, and P.J. Keating Woods are forming a “greenbelt” along the Acushnet River. This corridor of conservation and recreation lands helps protect clean water and endangered habitats like wetlands.

Property Owned By

The Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust (FALPT) is a nonprofit organization that has been working since 1992 to preserve open space and the rural characteristics of Acushnet and Fairhaven.

Size: 2 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area with space for 8-10 cars
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: Picnic Tables
Boat Ramp: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
110 Hamlin St.
Acushnet, MA 02743
41.695579, -70.914970

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

White’s Factory
Acushnet, MA
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Upcoming Events Near Here

StoryWalk: Animals in Winter
Mon, December 10 -
Mon, January 07
The Sawmill,
Deck the Halls with Nature Garlands
Sat, December 15
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Gooseberry Island,
Mindfulness Walk: Hamlin Crossing
Sat, December 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Hamlin Crossing,

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Hamlin Crossing

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Known by locals as "Lake Street," the New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet is a peaceful destination for fishing and paddling.

The Sawmill

At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River.

Current Issues

Restoring Streams & Wetlands

The Coalition is working to restore damaged streams and wetlands in places like the Acushnet River, the Weweantic River, and the Mattapoisett River to protect clean water and improve the health of the Bay ecosystem so fish, wildlife, and people can thrive.

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Bay Health: Acushnet River – Fresh

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