Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and to pray in, where Nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. – John Muir
Little Harbor Chapel, located at 335 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth NH, was established in 1902 as an UN-denominational congregation and is currently operated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3). LHC offers Sunday services led by visiting ministers in July and August. Open to the entire community, the Chapel provides a pristine setting for weddings, baptisms, and memorial ceremonies; and is a unique venue for arts and cultural events. Event rentals are available year-round.
The History of Little Harbor Chapel
The Chapel was founded by Arthur A. Carey as a “Chapel of the New Jerusalem”. New Church Minister Reverend Frank Sewell led the first Summer Sunday Service in July of 1903. By 1910 Little Harbor Chapel was hosting “UN-denominational Services” and using some non-Swedenborgian Ministers.
Arthur A. Carey wrote about the concept of UN-denominational Religious Services:
“The True spirit of religion is like sunshine. I will not try to argue with my brother, not to convert him, but as no one can live without warmth I will try to ‘sun him out’. Let us have Unity in endeavor, morals and action. Liberty in doctrine and Vital worth in Everything. If I value my own convictions I will gladly respect those of my neighbor. If I am trying to love him as myself, I will also love and protect his independence.”
When Arthur A. Carey founded the Chapel in 1902 it was situated on his summer property, Creek Farm. Today, most of the grounds of Creek Farm are open to the public. Part of the Little Harbor Loop Trail, which begins on the private Chapel property and passes through city and state conservation land, takes hikers on a tour through the woods, inter-tidal zones and meadows of this historic seacoast retreat. After a reverential Sunday Service at the Chapel, take a step back in time and visit the natural beauty of Creek Farm’s mix of indigenous and imported flora and fauna.
Creek Farm is open from dawn to dusk and is located just a few hundred yards past Little Harbor Chapel on Little Harbor Road.