The New Bedford Port Society

Welcome

Weddings
The Seamen's Bethel is a beautiful place for your wedding ceremony.
Baptisms
Celebrate new beginnings with a baptism in our tranquil and reverent space.
Other Events
We offer a versatile venue that is the perfect setting for any special occasion.
https://seamensbethel.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/s-l1600.jpeg
50%
Savings

Anchored in Tradition

Nestled in the historic port city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Seamen’s Bethel stands as a testament to the rich maritime heritage of the region. Established in 1822, this iconic chapel has served as a spiritual haven for generations of mariners, offering solace and guidance to those who braved the open seas. The Bethel’s storied past is interwoven with tales of whaling voyages, intrepid sailors, and a deep-rooted community that has cherished its nautical traditions for nearly two centuries. Immortalized in Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece “Moby-Dick,” the Seamen’s Bethel remains a cherished landmark, preserving the legacy of New Bedford’s seafaring history while continuing to inspire visitors with its timeless Today, the Bethel stands as a beacon of hope and a symbol of resilience, honoring the memory of those who ventured into the vast ocean and celebrating the enduring spirit of maritime culture.

The New Bedford Port Society: A Legacy of Maritime Heritage

The New Bedford Port Society proudly preserves the city’s rich maritime heritage through two cherished landmarks: the Seamen’s Bethel and the Mariner’s Home. The iconic Seamen’s Bethel, established in 1822, has long served as a spiritual haven for mariners, offering solace to those who braved the open seas. The Seamen’s Bethel stands as a testament to New Bedford’s storied nautical traditions. Nearby, the Mariner’s Home, established in 1789, provides a welcoming refuge for sailors returning from voyages, honoring the indomitable spirit of seafarers. Together, these landmarks celebrate the city’s maritime legacy and enduring connection to the sea.

https://seamensbethel.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/newSB-320x320.png
https://seamensbethel.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/oldMH-320x320.png
https://seamensbethel.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/oldSB-320x320.png
https://seamensbethel.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/newMH-320x320.png

Latest News & Events

Hours of Operation Wednesday -Sunday 11am-3pm 
Read more
December 31, 2023 at 5:00pm-New Year’s Eve-The 22nd Annual Community Inter-Faith Worship Service
December 31, 2023 at 5:00pm-New Year’s Eve-The 22nd Annual Community Inter-Faith Worship Service
Join the Inter-Church Council here on New Years’ Eve at 5pm! This event is FREE and open to the public.
Read more
Frederick Douglass Reading here July 17th at 6pm!
Frederick Douglass Reading here July 17th at 6pm!
Read more
Harvest of The Sea: A Fishermen’s Thanksgiving Service-November 19, 2023 at 3pm
Harvest of The Sea: A Fishermen’s Thanksgiving Service-November 19, 2023 at 3pm
November 19, 2023 at 3pm-  Join Rev. Paul Wheeler from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairhaven, as he delivers his touching sermon to get everyone ready for Thanksgiving. Don’t miss this FREE annual event at the Seamen’s Bethel!!
Read more
Fishermen’s Memorial Day Service May 27, 2024
Fishermen’s Memorial Day Service May 27, 2024
Please join us on Monday, May 27, 2024, at 10am for our annual Fishermen’s Memorial Day Service – Streamed through Facebook.  Click Here
Read more
Community Foundation Scholarships Available!
The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts offers multiple scholarship opportunities to students.   Head over to their webpage, or click the link below for an outline: Community Foundation SE MA_ 2018 Scholarships
Read more
Upcoming Events at the Seamen’s Bethel
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...
Read more
Reenactment at James Arnold Mansion
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...
Read more
Southcoast Massachusetts by bicycle
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
Read more
Thank You!
Thank You!
Thanks to all who made it to our fundraiser on July 15, Taste of the Port!  A special thanks to our vendors and auction item donors!  We had a great turnout in the beautiful Harbor View room at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the weather was terrific!
Read more
Celebrate in the timeless elegance of the Seamen's Bethel — a venue steeped in history, beauty, and maritime grandeur.

Common Questions

Explore this section to learn more about our cherished landmarks — the Seamen’s Bethel and the Mariner’s Home — and discover how we celebrate and preserve them.

Are the venues accessible for individuals with disabilities?"

Absolutely. We can accommodate most disabilities and will provide additional support when needed. Please discuss this with a manager when booking.

Are there any restrictions or guidelines for hosting events, such as decor, catering, or noise levels?

Please contact us and discuss your needs. We will do our best to accommodate and to make your event a success.

How do I book, and what are the rental rates?

Simply reach out to manager@portsociety.com or visit our contact page and fill out the form. Rates vary depending on season, time/day, availability and other factors. A manager will always share our current rates with you.

What size wedding can you accommodate?

Our versatile venue gracefully accommodates weddings of all sizes, from intimate gatherings to grand celebrations.

Meet our Team

https://seamensbethel.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/team_01.jpg

First Last

Proin gravida, nulla ut porta commodo, arcu justo mollis lacus, quis scelerisque ante massa mauris malesuada.

https://seamensbethel.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/team_02.jpg

First Last

Quisque iaculis diam non eros ornare, id tristique erat vestibulum primis in risus non lacus cursus consectetur.

https://seamensbethel.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/team_03.jpg

First Last

Fringilla metus id, porttitor sapien. In ac consequat dolor. Curabitur tincidunt sit amet magna nec posuere.

Let’s talk!

We are looking forward to your visit to The Seamen’s Bethel.

Monday
8AM - 4PM
Saturday
8AM - 2PM
Sunday
Closed

If you are looking to book an event or need more help contact us today.

Gallery.

Anna & Michael Wedding
Anna & Michael Wedding
Anna & Michael Wedding
Anna & Michael Wedding
Anna & Michael Wedding
Anna & Michael Wedding
Anna & Michael Wedding
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
New-Bedford-058
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Seamen's_Bethel
Seamens-Bethel-New-Bedford-MA
xmas-front-pic-scaled