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Seamen's Bethel

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15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
+1 508-992-3295
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Loved visiting the Seamen's Bethel, where Herman Melville once worshipped. This is such an... read more

Reviewed November 20, 2016
Sandra G
Boston, Massachusetts
seamens bethel

i have been there for weddings and for memorial service. Excellent place to visit if you are going... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2016
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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A historic church dedicated to sailors.
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  • Average9%
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15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
+1 508-992-3295
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Reviewed November 20, 2016

Loved visiting the Seamen's Bethel, where Herman Melville once worshipped. This is such an interesting place. Someone is available to give you a tour or you can poke around as I did. The light inside is gorgeous.

2  Thank Sandra G
Reviewed October 20, 2016

i have been there for weddings and for memorial service. Excellent place to visit if you are going to be in the area

Thank clmccombs
Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

Viewed Seamen's Bethel from the outside only. Closed when I visited. Historic wooden chapel. Very ornate. Fine craftsmanship.

Thank Rita S
Reviewed September 28, 2016

New Bedford still clings to its piece of history - whaling. The Bethel is very much a part of that as seamen, captains and families would put their trust in God and attend services there. It can bring back thoughts of Moby Dick and Herman...More

1  Thank MikeMcCormack
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Founded in 1830, servicing maritime community. Still functions for services. I went to a charming christening there. This city was the largest whaling capital at one time, still rich with history... architecture.... neat boutiques, touristy shops and local flavor. All walking distance in downtown!

1  Thank Kvargy
Reviewed September 2, 2016

Moved to New England 3 years ago- lots of visitors and this is our go to place for a New Bedford introduction. The video is great and who hasn't seen Moby Dick?

1  Thank gramb1227
Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

The bethel is currently being restored so you can only see outside. However, great stop as you walk around historic area of town.

Thank DGoat
Reviewed July 5, 2016

I knew that I had lost a great grandfather to the see. My wife and I found the record of Mike Smith lost in the 30's while fishing out of New Bedford Harbor. Very interesting. i believe it is undergoing a renovation now.

1  Thank Wayne1112
Reviewed May 17, 2016

The Quaker inspired chapel, spare, simple genuine. The marble cenotaphs on the walls memorializing whalers and fisherman lost as sea with poignant details of their demise, "eaten by a shark off the coast of Africa" "fallen from a spar" "fallen out of a whale boat"....More

2  Thank Martin L
Reviewed March 31, 2016

This chapel is of significant importance to the highest grossing fishing port in the United States. This monument was seen in the original Moby Dick movie and still hosts weddings to this day.

1  Thank maxxie13
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