The Fairhaven Historical District is in the south of Bellingham, It was founded in 1880 and is well-known for it’s architecture dating back to the late 1800s. It is one of Bellingham’s most desirable neighborhoods, with its proximity to the water and it’s quaint historic district. It features Marine Park with access to the Bay for kayakers and awesome views of the San Juan Islands.
Fairhaven is also the site of the Bellingham Cruise Terminal which is home to the Alaska Ferry, and considered the southern end of the Alaska Marine Highway System. The Cruise terminal is also the departure point for summer passenger ferry service to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, British Columbia. Nearby Fairhaven Station is home to the Amtack Cascade that runs between Seattle and Vancouver and the Greyhound bus terminal.
Fairhaven’s beginnings are linked to the legendary “Dirty Dan Harris” who is said to have platted Fairhaven in 1883 and given it a name. At the end of the 1800’s, Fairhaven was a booming city where the small town was working growing itiself into the next hub city of the west, hoping to become the nortwest terminus for the railroad . Building was really booming, railroad tracks, commercial buildings, and hotels were all pupping up. When Seattle became the main transportation hub, the residents of Fairhaven were crushed and the city went into a depression for a short period of time. Within 10 years the Pacific American Fisheries, would build the largest structure in the state, a huge cannery to process the area’s bountiful salmon. Fairhaven was booming again.
Fairhaven was once an independent town, along with Whatcom & Sehome, they all merged with Bellingham in 1903 to become. the city we know today. Fairhaven has blossomed in recent years with growth of new retail space and businesses as well as lots of condos and the beautiful Village Green in its center where many local events are held as well as a Wednesday Farmer’s Market from June through September and the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema on summer Saturday nights.
Fairhaven’s old charm comes from it’s many old brick buildings remaining from the 1800’s. Many of them have been restored and the newer building in the historical district have been built of brick keeping the oldtime character.
There are lots of walking trails and Fairhaven Park close by as well as the northern end of the scenic Chuckanut Drive, with it’s access to Larabee State Park, as well as Padden Creek meandering through the neighborhood