Located on Main Street and Court Street, only steps away from Springfield City Hall, Symphony Hall, Historic Court Square, the Hampden County Courthouse & the Mass Mutual Center. This downtown location offers banks, retail shops, stores, coffee shops, restaurants, cafes, entertainment and more. Easy access to the I-91 and I-291 ramps, with close proximity to I-391 and the Mass Pike. A central location midway between New York and Boston and a brief 15-minute ride from Bradley International.
The First Church was organized in 1637, the year following Springfield’s founding by Puritan iconoclast and businessman, William Pynchon. The first church building was built in 1645 by Thomas Cooper, on what is now the southeast corner of Court Square. It had two towers: one for the bell, and the other to watch for approaching Indians. It was replaced in 1677 by the second meeting house, and the third was built in 1752. The third one was, in turn, replaced by the current building in 1819.
Noted abolitionist Dr. Samuel Osgood was the pastor of the congregation from 1809 to 1854. It was during this time that the present building was visited by notable figures such as Daniel Webster and John Brown, who resided in Springfield for some time. In addition, Jenny Lind performed a concert in the church in July 1851, and in 1848, the body of President John Quincy Adams lay in state in the center aisle of the sanctuary.
Court Square in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, is a park and historic district in the heart of Springfield’s urban Metro Center neighborhood. Court Square is the City of Springfield’s only topographical constant since its founding in 1636. It is bounded by Court Street, Main Street, State Street, East Columbus Avenue, and features Elm Street and a scenic pedestrian-only walkway from the courthouse toward Springfield’s historic Old First Church.
Springfield’s Old First Church has been located in Court Square since the 17th century. It was the twentieth parish formed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and was gathered in 1637, the year after Springfield was founded. The first meetinghouse was erected just east of this site in 1645. The current Old First Church (b. 1819) is the fourth building on this site, built by a Northampton architect, Isaac Damon. The rooster weathervane on the steeple was crafted by a Coppersmith in London, England, and brought to this country in 1750.  Here inventor Thomas Blanchard and abolitionist John Brown worshipped; Daniel Webster spoke; and Jenny Lind sang.