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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

December 1, 2017 No Comments

Join us for the Holiday Stroll!

Dream Out Loud (Harmony & A Chord Youth) will perform in the Seamen’s Bethel at 1pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  Free and open to the public!  

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 […]