Church of the Patriots

Philadelphia’s Old Pine Street Church is known as the “Church of the Patriots.” The Presbyterian Church founded by Rev. George Duffield in 1768, still stands at Fourth and Pine Streets. George Duffield led the Continental Congress in prayer. He joined George Washington at Valley Forge in the winter of 1776-1777 as Chaplain of the Pennsylvania Militia. President John Adams and First Lady Abigail worshipped there prior to moving to the new capitol in Washington.

The cemetery that surrounds Pine Street Church contains the remains of a signer of the U.S. Constitution, members of the Continental Congress and numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. This early American church helped set the moral compass for our founding fathers, which is why I wrote of it in Adam’s Daughters and Children of the Revolution. Should you visit Philadelphia, be sure to take a tour of the Old Pine Street Church.

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