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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

June 20, 2018 No Comments

July 2: Frederick Douglass Reading at Seamen’s Bethel

Monday, July 2, 2018 | 7:00-8:30pm Please join us at Seamen’s Bethel for a public reading of Douglass’ famous address first given in 1852. What to the Slave is the 4th of July? Commemorating the Bi-Centennial of Frederick Douglass 

June 12, 2018 No Comments

June 14, 6-8pm: Join us for AHA! night at the Seamen’s Bethel

Thursday, June 14 is AHA! night in New Bedford!  Click the link for all the fun activities happening throughout downtown.  We’ll be open for “Every Kid in a Park” and for Launching a new life: Wedding prep with the 1850s Ladies. Ruth and Abby will be decorating and preparing Seamen’s Bethel for a wedding. Stop […]

May 4, 2018 2 comments


Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2018, 10am Please join us for our annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service.  We will gather at Seamen’s Bethel at 9am, depart at 9:30 for a walking procession down to the waterfront.  The service will begin at 10am at Pier 3, Fishermen’s Wharf.  This event is open to the public and all […]