Community Profile: Padanaram

The quintessential small town charm of Padanaram, a coastal village in South Dartmouth, has been appealing to residents and visitors for centuries. Its unique history dates back to the beginning of America and has continued unabated to this day. With sandy beaches, locally owned shops and restaurants, and one of the oldest yacht clubs in New England, Padanaram evokes the idyllic small-town life that its residents have come to love.

History of Padanaram


The village was one of many settlements that cropped up in Old Dartmouth in 1652. Over the centuries, it transformed from a shipbuilding center to a whaling port and, as it is today, to a residential area with yachting businesses, galleries, stores and restaurants.

Nestled along the Apponagansett River, the scenic village is an easy drive to Providence or Boston and is only ten minutes from Downtown New Bedford.

Padanaram was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 in large part due to the unique architectural style that remains.

Things to do


Padanaram is home to the New Bedford Yacht Club, which bi-annually hosts the Buzzards Bay Regatta. Robert Paul Agent Adam Marks, a native of the village, says that sailing classes at the Yacht Club are a “right of passage” for every kid in the area.

Agent Cassy West loves the small shops and restaurants and particularly noted Little Moss and Farm & Coast Market – both owned by the same family!

Live in Padanaram

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