NEW BEDFORD — Spend some nice summer nights coming up by walking New Bedford and learning some of its unique and storied history.

Join the New Bedford Preservation Society for Summer Walking Tours Series, AHA! every second Thursday in June, July and August from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bruce Barnes will be your tour guide, with interesting narrative about the architecture and history of the city’s various 19th century neighborhoods featured on the tours. Tours will not be held in inclement weather.

Old Bedford Village (June 14): Gather at 6 p.m. at the Friend’s Meeting House at 83 Spring Street. This tour will present a fascinating snapshot of local and national history through the homes of whaling captains and merchants, the Quaker Society Friends Meeting House, to the Nathan and Mary (Polly) Johnson House, where Frederick Douglass began his journey as an abolitionist and civil rights leader.

Neighborhoods of the Textile Era (July 12): Gather at 6 p.m. at the Grinnell Mansion at 379 County Street. New Bedford was an important center for textile production in the world at the industry’s peak in the early 1900s. This tour will highlight some of the neighborhoods and explore the legacy of this long and eventful history of New Bedford.

Victorian New Bedford (August 9): Gather at 6 p.m. at the Wamsutta Club at 427 County Street. The homes which grew up along the quiet residential ways are characteristic of the 19th century architectural styles of New Bedford. Most of the homes on this walking tour are the result of enormous growth in manufacturing, transportation and commerce in New Bedford from 1850 to 1900, and are architectural treasures of an era that influenced a nation.

Other Society projects include the Historic Marker Program, New Bedford Re-Leaf, the production of self-guided Architectural Historic District Walking tour brochures (available online at the Society’s website), Historical Cemetery Tours, Annual Holiday House Tours (be sure to save the date for those, on Dec. 15, 16 and 27), and lectures throughout the year on historic preservation. To learn more about the Society, call (508) 997-6425 or visit

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