Old South Church, Newburyport

  • Address: 29 Federal St
  • Vicinity: School St
  • Type: Church
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

First Presbyterian Church, or Old South Church, is a 1756 meeting house in Newburyport, Massachusetts, notable as the congregation of George Whitefield, a leader of the first Great Awakening. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1756/00/00 Old South Church is built, every pew on the main aisle is sponsored by a Sea Captain.
1759/00/00 Bird of Dawning Weathervane is installed on the spire of the Old South Church.
1770/09/30 Rev George Whitefield Died George Whitefield passes away into eternal glory at the parsonage of the Old South Church, Newburyport. He is buried in a crypt under the pulpit of the sanctuary.
1802/00/00 Paul Revere and Son Foundry Revere Bell is cast by Paul Revere (bought by the Old South Church in 1803, still hand rung on Sundays, Holidays and special occasions).
1825/00/00 Caleb Cushing Faith Caleb Cushing attends the First Presbyterian Church.
1844/03/27 Adolphus Washington Greely Born Adolphus Washington Greely, son of John Balch and Frances Cobb Greely, is born in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He will attend the First Presbyterian Church of Newburyport.
1848/00/00 A new steeple is built and the Bird of Dawning Weathervane is taken down and re-gilded.
1849/09/00 Rev George Whitefield Corpse Mr Bolton, a friend of Whitefield, returns George Whitefield's right arm bone. It had been stolen a few years before 1829 and brought to England.
1866/00/00 E and GG Hook and Hastings Manufacturer An E and GG Hook organ is installed in the Old South Church for $3,800.
1987/04/08 Bird of Dawning Weathervane is stolen from the spire of the Old South Church. A replacement has been installed in its place.

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Particulars for Old South Church, Newburyport:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Building Type Church
Crime Grave Robbing
Historic Use Graves, burials
Musical Instrument Organ
Area of Significance Religion
Historic Use Religious Property

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