beautiful, African mahogany spiral staircase goes
up four stories from the main entrance to the widow's
E. T. Wilson funeral business was started in 1842 by Benjamin
G. Wilson, the great, great, grandfather of todays' owner,
funeral home moved from it's original location, where City
Hall stands today, "up the hill" to a very famous
old New Bedford whaling captain's home in 1938.
Stephen N. Potter sailed the world in search of whales; he
brought home many of the existing momentos still visable in
the Wilson Chapel today. The main areas of the home still consist
of most of the original materials used to build the house in
funeral directors Stephen Woodacre and Bill Reed offer a wide
variety of funeral service offerings. The Wilson Chapel is
committed to satisfying your needs with the finest funeral
It is interesting to note in the Wilson files the cost of a casket
and service in 1853, which included a small pine box, ran $15.50.
Just five years later, the cost of the same package was anywhere
from $18.00 to $30.50, with an outside box costing $1.25.
Woodacre estimates that the firm has conducted over 27,000
funerals in the Wilson Chapel since the firm was founded. However,
it wasn't until 1952 that they were allowed to put a small
sign on the exterior of the home indicating it was a funeral
The Wilson Chapel represents one of America's oldest and most
beautiful settings for a funeral service.
Thank you for visiting our site! Please
feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding
our funeral services.
Newspaper Ad Circa' 1930