A bethel was a seaman's chapel or a hostel for sailors. Salem had many such buildings during the "Age of Sail".
The Salem Marine Society ran a bethel at the foot of Turner Street.
Later, this bethel was used by Caroline O. Emmerton when she first organized her settlement program for Polish immigrants. Later, this formally became the House of the Seven Gables Settlement.
- The Old Shipmasters by Trow, p. 331
- Salem Massachusetts, Vol. II ed. Schier and Turino, p. 48 (photograph of Bethel on Herbert St.)