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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

November 9, 2017 No Comments

Upcoming Events at the Seamen’s Bethel

The following events are free and open to the public.  The New Bedford Port Society is a volunteer-run organization and operates on the generous donations of its members, supporters, and visitors. Saturday, November 18, 2017, 4pm: Dedication of the Fishermen’s Memorial Plaque  * Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3pm: Harvest of the Sea featuring special music […]

October 31, 2017 No Comments

Recap of Annual Meeting on 10/26/17

The New Bedford Port Society held its 188th Annual Meeting on October 26, 2017 at the newly refurbished Semen’s Bethel.  The society elected a slate of officers for the upcoming year.  Four members, every five years, are rotated off the board of managers in accordance with the NBPS bylaws. The principle officers for 2018 are: […]

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 […]