Free Summer Walking Tour Series 2023

Walkways: Exploring the People and Places of Historic New Bedford

Free In-Person Summer Walking Tour Series On AHA! NIGHTS



Walkways: Exploring the People and Places of Historic New Bedford  will take place on AHA! Nights every second Thursday in May, June, July, August and September from 6:00pm to 7:00pm unless otherwise stated.  This series is made possible by the generous support of the New Bedford Local Cultural Council.

2023 Walking Tour Summary


Historic Houses of New Bedford, May 11, 2023, 6PM

Gather at the James Arnold Mansion, 427 County Street.

This tour highlights important houses that have not been seen in previous video productions. All of the properties are located in the Old Bedford Village and County Street Historic Districts.


VIP V Walking Tour – Notable People in New Bedford History June 8, 2023, 6PM

Gather at Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, 396 County Street.

This Walking Tour will highlight people as well as places significant in the development of New Bedford.


New Bedford in the Civil War Tour, July 13, 2023, 6PM

Gather at Custom House Square, New Bedford Whaling National Park.

The impact of the Civil War, 1861-1865, on New Bedford and its contribution to the war effort are the subjects of this walking tour. Stops include the landmark sites within the Historic District.


History of the Textile Industry Tour September 14, 2023, 6PM

Gather at the Joseph Grinnell Mansion, 379 County Street.

This tour recounts the rise and fall of the Textile Industry and its continuing effect on New Bedford.


Rural Cemetery Tour October 12, 2023.  Tour starts at 3PM

Gather at the Rural Cemetery, 149 Dartmouth Street (Dartmouth Street Entrance)

The cemetery tour not only features the people interred but also the art and symbolism of their monuments.


Wednesday, September 27, 6pm
Abolition Row Walking Tour

In Partnership with the Rotch-Jones Duff House and Garden Museum 

Meet at the Friends Meeting House, 83 Spring Street, New Bedford. Take a tour of the structures and people in connection to the story of abolitionism in New Bedford. The tour will conclude at the RJD Garden and light refreshments will be served.