Park Street Church

Park Street Church with its tall ornate steeple towering over the street against a blue sky.
Park Street Church from the Granary Burying Ground

Arlan Fonseca

Quick Facts
1 Park Street
Active Congregation Since 1809
Freedom Trail Site

The elegant spire of this church and its carillon, which sounds twice daily from its steeple, have long been landmarks in downtown Boston. The hymn “America” was first sung here, and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison gave his first antislavery speech here in 1829. Park Street Church has stood on this corner since 1809 as an active Congregational church, organized in reaction to Unitarians who were gaining control in many of the old Puritan churches.

Boston National Historical Park

Last updated: November 21, 2023