"Mattapoisett -- a few miles east of New Bedford -- was a village of the town of Rochester until 1857, when it was incorporated as a separate town. With a commodious harbor on Buzzards Bay, Mattapoisett developed as a center for shipbuilding, whaling, and coastal trade. The name of the town is said to come from a Wampanoag Indian word for "place of resting," and Mattapoisett appropriately developed into a restful summer resort favored by luminaries such as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
With the support of the Massachusetts congressman (and former president) John Quincy Adams playing a vital role, Congress appropriated $5,000 on March 3, 1837, for a lighthouse at Ned's Point, at the north side of the entrance to Mattapoisett's harbor. The lighthouse was built in 1837-38 and first lighted in March 1838. A small stone dwelling was built close to the lighthouse."