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Lighting the Way Historic Walking Trail

Learn the stories of educators, philanthropists, abolitionists, crusaders for social justice, investors, confectioners, sister sailors, millworkers, and others as you walk through downtown New Bedford.

Walk the new historical walking trail in downtown New Bedford guided by Lighting the Way experts! The Whaling Museum’s Emily Bourne Research Fellow, Ann O’Leary, and Lighting the Way adviser, Mary Howland Smoyer will share stories about some of the inspiring women who shaped the city’s history.

Meet at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA.

Free Guided Tours in 2019 will be announced here soon.

Download the Lighting the Way app to follow the trail on your mobile device.

Download the Lighting the Way Walking Trail map (pdf download)

Trail map

Pick up a printed map at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, and at these New Bedford locations*

Mariners Home: 15 Johnny Cake Hill

Nathan and Polly Johnson House: 21 Seventh St.

New Bedford City Hall: 133 William St.

New Bedford Free Public Library: 455 County St.

New Bedford National Historical Park Visitor Center: 33 William St.

New Bedford Passenger Ferry Terminal: State Pier

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

Waterfront Visitor Center: 52 Fisherman’s Wharf

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

* Although every effort is made to supply maps to these locations, we cannot guarantee that maps will always be in stock at locations other than the New Bedford Whaling Museum.


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