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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

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 […]

September 14, 2017 No Comments

Join us for AHA! night with Candida Rose Baptista

Thursday, September 14, 2017 AHA! 7pm-8pm at the Seamen’s Bethel

September 8, 2017 No Comments

Southcoast Massachusetts by bicycle

There are lots of great ways to tour historic Southcoast Massachusetts, including by bike! Our new friends, Ruth and Judy, came from Sharon, MA to visit the #seamensbethel. They’ll be back again for the @whalingmuseum. Now on to Fairhaven! #newbedfordportsociety #southcoastmabybike