History & Culture

Wanderer crashed at shore with crowd watching

Explore the History and Culture of New Bedford

New Bedford the “City that Lit the World” is not just the capital of the 19th century whaling industry. Other stories of the city are about the Underground Railroad, immigration from global communities, textiles, and the history of commerce. Please explore the tabs below to learn more.

  • Colorized image of the whaleship Wanderer Crew

    The individuals who had an important role in New Bedford's history.

  • A navigation post in Barrow, Alaska points the way to New Bedford, Massachusetts.

    New Bedford's history as a whaling port and Underground Railroad stop.

  • Colorized image of men working in a sail loft

    Stories from the past that made New Bedford what it is today.



Last updated: April 1, 2020

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