|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
'Fairwinds' is a year round / summer residence located in Mattapoisett, MA. It is on a dead-end street leading to the Ned’s Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse and park is a major attraction for sailboarding with steady winds, free parking and water access. It's also a wonderful spot for picnics and kite flying! Mattapoisett is on Buzzard's Bay between Fairhaven and Marion. There are nine bedrooms, two baths upstairs and one downstairs. There is also an outdoor, enclosed, hot & cold shower for rinsing after a day at the beach. You'll have direct water access with a private sandy beach (below high tide can be a little rocky, but that's Mattapoisett). There is a spacious back yard and a closet full of yard games for the kids and the adults too. Once you get settled in you will not want to leave the property. We just know you'll fall in love with Fairwinds and want to come back year after year, like so many of our loyal tenants.
History and General Information: Mattapoisett was settled in 1750 and officially incorporated in 1857. Originally a part of Rochester, the area had most likely been visited by European traders and sailors. There is also evidence of prior Wampanoag Indian settlements, including burial grounds, throughout the town. In fact, the word Mattapoisett is Wampanoag for 'a place of resting.'
Early industry included logging and farming, but Mattapoisett became best known as a center for shipbuilding and whaling. Some 400 ships were built in the town's shipyards from 1740 until the 1870s, including the Acushnet, the ship that Moby-Dick author Herman Melville sailed on and later deserted. The town supplied many of the whalers used on the East Coast in the first half of the nineteenth century. The last one, the Wanderer, was built in 1878, shortly after the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania.
With the decline of whaling and associated shipbuilding, Mattapoisett transitioned into a popular summer vacation spot for prominent New York and Boston residents, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Today, the town is largely a suburban community, with most residents commuting to jobs in greater New Bedford, Providence or Boston, or operating businesses targeting summer tourism.
A fictitious future Mattapoisett features largely into the 1976 novel Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. Mattapoisett, Massachusetts is the only known town in the world with the name Mattapoisett.
'Fairwinds' ~ A Brief History: The house was built in 1928 by Dr. James K. Stoddard. A shingle style summer cottage with dark green shutters. The waterside of the house was shaded by a two story porch, open at ground level and screened above for sleeping. It was sited originally at the edge of the beach, where the lawn ends today.
The 'Great Hurricane' of 1938 damaged the house significantly, as did Hurricane Carol in 1954. The front porch was swept away, landing on the Trumble property beyond the boatyard where it became their front deck. Water inside the house was 4'-5' deep. You can still see the marks on the wall inside the entry.
Before the summer of 1955 my grandfather, Arthur Rotch, who had purchased the house in 1952, had it raised up and moved back from the water to its present location.
We have been renting this house for several years now. We have made so many wonderful memories as a family on our vacations to Mattapoisett. This house works great for us because there is so much room. The kids enjoy playing in the very large backyard and then the beach is right there for all of us to enjoy. The large dining room table turns into a board game room each evening providing lots of entertainment and laughter for everyone. We often all gather on the beach to watch the sunset over the water...beautiful. If you are looking for a large house with plenty of bedrooms, bathrooms, large kitchen and plenty of living space this is the house for you. Enjoy!!
Mattapoisett is a pleasant New England coastal town with a large harbor on Buzzards Bay whose name is said to come from an old Indian word meaning 'a place of resting'. Settled about 1750, Mattapoisett was part of Rochester until 1857, when it was incorporated into a separate town. Historians believe that the sheltered harbor may have been used by European explorers long before any settlements in the community. There are, also, some Indian burial sites in the town. Shipbuilding was established around 1740 and before the Civil War the principal businesses in the town were shipbuilding and whaling. The old village offers a glimpse into the past with its many historic homes. Plaques on the old houses remind one of names made famous in bygone days. Many ships, including famous New Bedford whaling vessels, were built in the shipyards on our shores. Among the ships built here were the Acushnet, on which Herman Melville sailed. Ship Yard Park is the site of Jonathan Holmes’s shipyard.
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
Laundry service, for linens only, is provided at no additional charge. All towels must be washed, dried and folded prior to departure. Home is fully furnished. Weekly rentals only. Arrival is at 3 PM on Sunday and departure is at 10 AM the following Sunday. If paying with a credit card a 2.5% fee will be passed on. Unfortunately we do not rent for weddings / receptions