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 trail 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 shared stories about some of the inspiring women who shaped the city’s history on August 16. More guided tours will be offered in the future.
Download the Lighting the Way app to follow the trail on your mobile device.
Download the Lighting the Way Walking Trail map (pdf download)
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.