Inscription. Wealth with a Conscience
By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
|1. The Benjamin Rodman House Marker|
Early whaling merchants lived in elegant houses along this street. But by the time Benjamin Rodman built this Federal style home in 1821, many of his wealthy friends were moving uphill away from this shoreside neighborhood.
Though born into a prosperous whaling family, Rodman committed himself to the city's working poor. He and his wife Susan were founding members of the New Bedford Benevolent Society, created "to devise some means for the relief of the physical and moral wants of the poor of this town." In the 1830s he began championing the abolition of slavery. While whaling wealth is apparent in the city's historic houses, the owners' lives reflected some of the powerful social issues of the time.
Erected by National Parks Service.
Location. 41° 38.181′ N, 70° 55.458′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on North Second Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 North Second Street, New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Bedford Historic District (about 300 feet away, in a direct line); Signs of the Time (about 300 feet away); The Andrew Robeson House (about 300 feet away); U.S. Custom House-Customary Duty (about 300 feet away); Double Bank (about 400 feet away); The Mariner's Home (about 500 feet away); Centre Street (about 500 feet away); Viking (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Bedford.