Freedom of Religion: Religious Pluralism before the American Revolution

This Memorial Day weekend, while we celebrate the many freedoms won by our nation’s military, I found myself using my freedom of research to uncover and map these 30 pre-Revolutionary US churches. Several Catholic and Anglican congregations were started before the Pilgrims arrived; the first Jewish congregations date to the 1650s.

As a citizen of a nation that values freedom of worship, I’m grateful for this graphic reminder that even the earliest European immigrants to these shores were religious pluralists.


About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at, and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.
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