New app offers historic walking tours in New Bedford

Several tours are already available and the New Bedford Preservation Society hopes to add to the collection.

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NEW BEDFORD, MASS. (WLNE) – The town of New Bedford and its buildings hold an enormous amount of history, and the New Bedford Preservation Society wants to make it easy for residents and tourists to learn all about that history while walking through the town.

Patricia Daughton is a trustee of the New Bedford Preservation Society. Daughton says, “It was once the wealthiest city in America, because of the whaling industry. As the whaling industry faded, it became the textile area. Again, it was a very wealthy region. It ebbed and flowed through time.

All this change over time has had an impact on the architecture and composition of the city. The preservation society’s newest initiative, called New Bedford Pathways, brings city tours right to your phone by downloading the free Pocketsights app.

Daughton says, “Each visit is somewhat of a theme based on how the social and economic fabric of New Bedford has developed.”

Once you have everything set up, you will have the option of taking one of the many guided tours, learning about the history and architecture, in different areas of the city at any time.

Daughton says, “Tours usually have around 15-20 stops. They are designed to take place in less than an hour.

Several tours are already available and the preservation society hopes to add to the collection soon.

Daughton says, “We have a YouTube channel, and on the channel we have a movie: Houses Built for and by Women. We would like to turn this into a walking tour. We would also like to focus a bit on the north end of New Bedford, on the history of the mills of New Bedford. So there are a lot more stories to tell, and we’re excited about that.

Don’t want to leave the house? You can also take a virtual tour on the app, right on your couch. And yes, they still offer traditional in-person walking tours in the summer.

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