The 5 Oldest Churches in the Continental United States


The  five oldest churches in the continental United States, along with brief descriptions:

Mission San Miguel in Santa Fe, New Mexico:

Built: 1610

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Constructed by Tlaxcalan Indians under Spanish orders, this adobe church remains the oldest in continuous use within the U.S. since 1848.

Jamestown Church in Jamestown, Virginia:

Completed: 1647

Denomination: Anglican

The first brick church in the original 13 colonies, though only floor tiles and foundations remain.

Old Trinity Church in Church Creek, Maryland:

Built: 1675

Denomination: Episcopal

Continuously used, it stands as the oldest church building in the continental U.S…

Third Haven Meeting House in Talbot County, Maryland:

Constructed: 1681–84

Denomination: Quaker (Friends)

The oldest Quaker meeting house in the United States, reflecting enduring faith.

Old Ship Church in Hingham, Massachusetts:

Built: 1681

Denomination: Puritan (now Unitarian Universalist)

The sole remaining 17th-century Puritan meetinghouse in the U.S., a historic treasure.


Oldest continuous church congregations

Cathedral of San Juan Bautista San Juan, Puerto Rico 1521
St. John's Episcopal Church (Hampton, Virginia) Hampton, Virginia 1610
West Parish Church West Barnstable, Massachusetts 1616
First Parish Church in Plymouth Plymouth, Massachusetts 1620
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