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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 Tours

All tours leave from the Whaling Museum and are free for everyone!

Every Other Thursday

10:30 am – 11:30 am (July 18 – September 26)
Lighting the Way Walking Tours: Women Changing History
Learn about the history of New Bedford through the lives of SouthCoast women who fought to make the world a better place. Presented by the Whaling Museum’s project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park program Lighting the World.

More Lighting the Way Walking Tours

Thursday, September 12
5 pm
Creative Women of New Bedford

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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