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New Bedford Port Society

Historic Seamen's Bethel & Mariner's Home

Founded in 1830, the New Bedford Port Society maintains the historic Seamen’s Bethel and Mariner’s Home located on the top of Johnny Cake Hill in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Serving the maritime community for over 175 years, the Seamens’ Bethel is also the site of dozens of weddings, christenings and memorial services each year.

Services & Special Events

The Bethel is available for weddings, baptisms or christenings, memorial services, and more.

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The Seamen's Bethel is a beautiful place for your wedding ceremony. Schedule a consultation to learn more! (Featured photo by Ann Street Studio.)

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Additional Services

The Bethel regularly host baptisms, memorial services, and vespers upon request.

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Annual Events at the Bethel

Moby-Dick Marathon Reading | Memorial Day Service | Harvest of the Sea | Christmas Candlelight Service | Interfaith Service

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Readings and Performances

The chapel can also be rented for readings, performances, and photo shoots. Join us for the annual Moby-Dick Marathon, hosted each January in conjunction with the New Bedford Whaling Musuem.

News & Events

October 10, 2017 No Comments

Reenactment at James Arnold Mansion

“Wedding of the Century” James Arnold Mansion, Inc. will hold a reenactment of the 1807 wedding between James Arnold and Sarah Rotch at the James Arnold Mansion on Saturday, October 28, 2017.  Sarah and her parents will leave the Mariner’s home (her former residence) and take a carriage up Union Street to the Mansion where the […]

October 10, 2017 No Comments

Annual Meeting!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The One hundred and eighty-eighth Annual meeting of the New Bedford Port Society Will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 At 4:00pm (eight bells) In the Seamen’s Bethel 15 Johnny Cake Hill The President & The Board of Managers Hereby Request All able-bodied members to attend The Complex now has […]

September 14, 2017 No Comments

WHALE’s 27th Annual International Wine Festival and Auction

Join WHALE this Friday, 5:30 – 9:00 at theHaskell Gardens, 787 Shawmut Ave. for some good wine, beer, and food. Food from 16 of the areas finest restaurants and caterers. We have Brazilian Grill, The Baker, Destinations Soups, Dorothy Cox Candies, Fathoms Raw Bar, Frontera Grill, Inner Bay, Moby Dick Brewing, Morton’s Fork Catering, No […]