The members of Circular Congregational Church are proud to be one of the oldest continuously worshipping congregations in the South. Among highlights of our history are:
Charles Towne's original settlers founded this protestant, or dissenting, church about 1681.
The graveyard is the city's oldest burial grounds with monuments dating from 1696.
The first meeting house on this site gave Meeting Street its name.
The third structure here, a vast, circular hall built in 1804, burned in 1861. Bricks from "Old Circular" were used in building the present sanctuary in 1890.
Historically Independent: the congregation is now related to the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Circular Church remains a vibrant, diverse community. Visitors are welcome both to explore the grounds and to explore the faith in worship, ministry, and life in community.
From its beginning 300 years ago to the present day, the story of Circular Church has been attached by muscle and sinew to the history of the city around it. The beauty and cultural vigor of antebellum Charleston were intensified in this church. Likewise the calamities and dogged endurance of this church put the trials of the city into high relief.