Circular Congregational Church

150 Meeting Street

History :

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.


Jill Carter

Friday, March 30, 2018
Such a gorgeous cemetary. So beautiful :) take the time to read some of the gravestones. The dates on them are incredible. And if you look up the stories behind them, you're sure to find some amazing history!

David Faught

Monday, May 21, 2018
The church’s website states they’re a “progressive” church. The website further states they “take the Bible seriously, not literally.” Be sure to view in depth the church’s website to determine if this is an appropriate place of worship for your family.

Michael Cernigliaro

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Wonderful and unique exterior architecture with a historic cemetery. Worth the walk if you are visiting the historic churches in the area.

Vivienne Sturgill

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Attended a wonderful concert there recently. Beautiful church!

Noelle Parris

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Pretty church with an intimate feel. I went for a concert, and the venue was lovely for this occasion.