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First Baptist Church in America

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Address: 75 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903-1307
Phone Number:
+1 401-454-3418

The oldest Baptist church in America, gathered by Roger Williams in 1638....

The oldest Baptist church in America, gathered by Roger Williams in 1638.

Open for tours: Monday - Friday 10AM - Noon and 1PM - 3PM

and on Sunday immediately following the Worship Service

    Worship Service is at 11 AM September - May

          and at 10 AM June, July and August.

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"One of many historic places:

Providence has history and here is the beginning of it, Providence was also a place where they wanted to separate church and state. This Church was more than a religious place... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
John R
Bayside, New York
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Bayside, New York
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Providence has history and here is the beginning of it, Providence was also a place where they wanted to separate church and state. This Church was more than a religious place, it was a symbol of what America was striving for.

2 Thank John R
Croydon, United Kingdom
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393 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Worth a visit and nearby buildings are beautifully decorated. Some historical information. Helpful guide.

Thank John W
Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is the very first Baptist Church in America founded by Roger Williams in 1638. The original steeple of the church was built in three days by the local ship builders. The church has Sunday services at 11AM.

1 Thank Richard B
Hagerstown, Maryland
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

This church is the 1st Baptist Church in United States of America. If you are a Baptist like I am, and my father was a Baptist minister, it's interesting visiting this church. It was founded by Roger Williams in 1638. Right now, it has a black history display because there were black practitioners during Roger Williams time. The Black members... More 

Thank Anita K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Quite a beautiful church in the heart of Providence - we visited while walking the sites identified with H.P. Lovecraft and found it interesting in and of itself. Sorry we didn't have time to take the tour and learn more of the history.

Thank travlelf
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We arrived near the close of a service and a gentleman outside gave us a great summary of the building and its history. It possesses a massive Waterford chandelier from 1789 and is lovely with simple but elegant pews and columns. The first and oldest Baptist Church in the USA, it exceeds expectations.

Thank Sally R
Amissville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

One of the many stops you'd have to see and marvel at when walking the historic district, not too far from Brown University.

Thank Charlesvincent A
Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

This was on our list of historical things to see and do and we weren't disappointed in the beauty of this church and it's past. There was a minimal donation charge but worth helping them with the upkeep. We would recommend this as something to see.

Thank 2Travelers43
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Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Being named Roger Williams, I had to stop by. Very enjoyable, and the staff were very nice and informative. The staff suggested we drive over to Warren and that was also very enjoyable. We ate at Blount Crab Shack as he suggested for a yummy and reasonably priced lunch.

Thank Roger W
Danbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

This gorgeous historic site currently has four services a week, and also conducts tours. It's one of the places someone wouldn't think to visit, but it is worthwhile, along with the Providence Atheneum, to learn about the history of Providence. Plus, it's free!

Thank familymemory

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