Tours: Lighting the Way


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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! 


Women Changing History

10:30 – 11:30 am
Thursday, September 26
Saturday, October 5
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. This recurring tour begins at the Whaling Museum and ends at Abolition Row Park at the corner of Spring and Seventh Streets.


Women Activists: Abolitionists and Philanthropists

10:00 – 11:00 am
Saturday, September 21
Offered on this date only.
Join Emily Bourne Research Fellow, Ann O’Leary, and Lighting the Way adviser Mary Howland Smoyer to learn about women from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who shaped the city’s history. This tour begins at the Whaling Museum and ends at the Grinnell Mansion at 379 County St.

For the most up-to-date listing of Lighting the Way tour dates and times, please visit the Whaling Museum’s online calendar.

No reservations necessary for Lighting the Way walking tours.


About the Project

Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast explores the historical impact of women from the region. As educators and philanthropists, abolitionists and crusaders for social justice, investors and confectioners, sister sailors and millworkers, women from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds have shaped their SouthCoast communities, the nation, and the world. Lighting the Way is unearthing remarkable stories of women’s callings that required grit, tenacity, and enduring commitment to their families, careers and communities.

Visit the Lighting the Way website to learn more about the project and to read a collection of remarkable stories.


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