Park Street Church, Boston

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    Famous Church Beside Boston Common

    by machomikemd Written Jul 11, 2014

    Among the famous Christian Churches of Boston is the Park Street Church at the Corner of Park Street and Tremont Street and lies across the street from the Boston Common and beside the Granary Burying Ground. This Protestant Evangelical Group started in 1804 with some members formerly from the South Meeting Church in Copley Square. The church became known as "Brimstone Corner", in part because of the fervent missionary character of its Conservative and Evangelical preaching plus the fact that the church was a storage of gunpowder during the War of 1812.

    Admission is free and the Church is only open to non members for the freedom trail tours from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays, Monday and Tuesdays are closed to non memebers).

    Nearest MBTA: Park Street Station, Bus Trolley Stop at Boston Commons

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    Park Street Church

    by Agraichen Written Mar 5, 2014

    One very historic stop on Boston's Freedom Trail is the Park Street Church. Founded in 1809 at the corner of Tremont and Park streets this religious institution has seen some of the most famous Pastors in Boston.

    I had the fortune of meeting the Sr Pastor, Harold J. Ockenga (Sr Pastor between 1936–1969), during my years at Gordon College in the 1960's and also at the wedding of one of my high school and college friends in 1969.

    Located just behind the church is another of Boston's famous sites, Granary Burying Ground.

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    Park Street Church

    by antistar Written May 22, 2013

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    For an inner-city church in close proximity to some of the most deprived people in Boston it's no surprise to find Park Street deeply involved in social support, with education programs for the underprivileged and guidance for typical inner city problems, like women with unwanted pregnancies. The church was built in 1810 and quickly became known as "Brimstone Corner" because of the fiery preaching. This fundamentalist evangelical doctrine continues to this day, with the offer of "conversion therapy" for homosexuals included in its social program.

    The church, with its red brick exterior and white spire, is a Boston landmark.

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    Park Street Church: Church On The Freedom Trail

    by risse73 Written Feb 15, 2009

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    Park Street Church is one of the many old churches you will see on the Freedom Trail. It has been around for 200 years and is still actively being used to this day. The church's steeple is quite high and is hard to miss. I've never gone in, but I always see it when I'm around this part of town. It is by the Boston Common and right outside the Park Street stop on the "T" and adjacent to the burial ground.

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    Park Street Church

    by Hopkid Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Just across the street from the Boston Common at Park and Tremont is the stately Park Street Church with its noticeable tall steeple. To me it's a church that makes me think of Boston and the days of a new nation. It was built in 1810 and was the sight of the first singing of "America" by Katherine Lee Bates on the Fourth of July 1831.

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    Park Street Church

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 25, 2006

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    The Park Street Church, built as a Congregationalist church in 1809, was used during the War of 1812 to store gunpowder, acquiring the nickname "Brimstone Corner." It's also where the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison gave his first speech condemning slavery, in 1829. This is one of Boston's most beautiful and historic churches.

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    by smschley Written Mar 2, 2005

    Park Street Church is built on the site of the old town granary where grain was kept before the Revolution. It was way back in 1804 that a group of devoted Christians formed a Religious Improvement Society. Although they faced some opposition, they meet weekly for prayers and lectures until in 1809 they founded the Park Street Church. English architect Peter Banner designed the beautiful church building, which overlooks Boston Common. With a bell tower that reaches more than 200 feet into the air, it was the first landmark that visitors would see when approaching Boston.

    This Evangelical Church of "firsts" is the location of the first Sunday school in 1818 and the first prison aid in 1824. The first missionaries to Hawaii left from here in 1819. On July 4, 1829, William Lloyd Garrison gave his first public anti-slavery speech here and two years later on July 4, 1831, "My Country 'Tis of Thee" was sung for the first time by the church children's choir.

    Within a few years of construction, the location of Park Street Church became known as "Brimstone Corner", either for the passion of the Congregational ministers who preached from the pulpit, or because powder for the War of 1812 was stored in a crypt in the basement

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    Park Street Church -Here was...

    by Pamela_Peace Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Park Street Church -Here was sung for the first time 'My country,'tis of thee' in 1831. This edifice, built in 1809 was also the site of William Garrison's famous anti-slavery speech two years earlier. Located at #1 Park Street, it is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, July and August.

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    Park Street Church

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    For many years, the first landmark seen by travelers to Boston was the 217-foot steeple of the Park Street Church. Built in 1809-1810, the church was the scene of the first antislavery speech delivered by William Lloyd Garrison. During the War of 1812, the Church stored gunpowder in its basement, giving the location the name 'Brimstone Corner.'

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