While strolling down Park Street, you can't help but notice a white steeple peering over many buildings and peeking in-between alleys. The closer you get, the more vibrant and alive this 200-year-old brick and white trim structure becomes. Located right next door to historic Granary Burial Ground, the Park Street Church is one of 16 stops along the Freedom Trail. It opened its doors and held its first service on January 10, 1810 and has since become one of the most historically significant buildings in Boston's history. It is even broadly known as the church of firsts.
Prison reform began in this church, women's suffrage was strongly supported here, and some of the first and most heartfelt protests against slavery were delivered inside these blessed walls. It was at the Park Street Church on July 4th of 1829 that William Lloyd Garrison delivered his Address to the Colonization Society at Park Street, making his first major public statement against slavery. Two years later, again on Independence Day, 1831, Samuel Francis Smith first sang My Country Tis of Thee, also known as America, on the front steps of this church.
Located at the corner of Park Street and Tremont Street, this site was once called Brimstone Corner, from the War of 1812, when gunpowder was stored in the basement. Park Street Church bears a 217-foot breathtaking multi-tiered steeple that was once the tallest building in Boston and remains a landmark visible from several area neighborhoods.
2009 marked Park Street Church's 200th year and a celebration was held with a Bicentennial gala and dinner. Visit this church and you'll see why over 50,000 people visit each summer, 1,900 people attend services on a weekly basis and those that attend represent some 59 different nations!
- Hours & Tours:
- Guided tours are held through Freedom Trail Tours during summer months only.
- Tuesday through Friday: 9am to 4pm
- Saturday: 9am to 3pm
- Subway Stop:
- Red and Green lines to the Park Street T station.
- Location: One Park Street, Boston, MA
- Phone: 617-523-3383
- Website: www.parkstreet.org