Westport Dawning

Exhibit hours are June 30 – Sept. 2, 2018  on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4 pm. Now extended viewing available on Wednesday afternoons only through Sept. 26th.  View  the beauty of the Westport River by the dawn’s early light.  Photos by Greg Stone are on display at the  visitor center next to Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station, 241 East Beach Rd. Westport, MA

Dawn is a time of hope and inspiration – a time of special beauty when the sky takes fire with nature’s light show, all of nature awakens, and the rivers, streams and marshes pulse with life.

Although the river and its salt marshes are resilient, they are under siege. With this show we hope you will appreciate the special wonder and value of the river and recognize the threats to its health. Then learn what steps you can take to be a river protector.

Visitors can take in a little art, some science and history too when stopping by. Take a memory of the Westport River home with you!  Westport Dawning photos and note card packages are available for sale, with all proceeds going to the Westport Fishermen’s Association Clean Water Fund.

Check out this video preview.

Exhibit supported  by a grant administered by the Westport Cultural Council and funding from the Hanover Group Insurance Foundation.

Notorious shipwrecks off Westport!

The stories about the fate of three large ships, all over 300 feet long, that went aground nearby – the USS Yankee (1908) pictured above, the HMCS St. Francis (1945) and the Angela (1971) – are on display in the Lifesaving Station.




Video introduction



westport river westport fishermans org, westport ma.This original 1912 Clifford Ashley illustration will be temporarily in storage while we mount the Westport Dawning exhibit. It was donated to the WFA in October 2105 by the painter’s daughter, Phoebe Chardon. This black and white painting depicts three workmen at the ramp of Ship’s Bottom Lifesaving station.  Clifford Warren Ashley, who lived from 1881 to 1947, was an American artist, author, sailor, and knot expert, well known for his maritime art.

Plan to come by when someone can be there to greet you, share the story of this historic site and the mission of the Westport Fishermen’s Association -Advocates for Healthy Marine Resources.

Summer hours: Wednesdays,  Saturdays and Sundays Noon to 4 PM.

September: Wednesdays Noon to 4 PM.

During the off season email us at [email protected] to make an appointment.