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Lighting the Way Historic Walking Trail

Take a guided tour of the Lighting the Way 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.

Upcoming Lighting the Way Walking Tour
Spring & Seventh Streets
June 28
10 am – 11 am

Hear about the lives of historic women who lived and worked on Spring and Seventh Streets in New Bedford. This FREE one-hour tour with experts from Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast will highlight champion of historic preservation Sarah Ashley Delano, community leader Archangela Fortes, peacemaker Rachel Howland, educator and labor leader Margaret Ryckebusch, abolitionists Polly Johnson and Amelia Piper, entrepreneur Phoebe Mendall, and brilliant business woman and financier Hetty Green. Meet at the New Bedford Whaling Museum at 10 am. The tour ends at 43 Seventh Street –  the birthplace of Hetty Green.

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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