A Guide to Jonathan Edwards' Northampton
Visitors travel to Northampton from across the world to see sites relating to Jonathan Edwards.
Jonathan Edwards preached in two churches, the second meetinghouse built in 1661 and the third meetinghouse built in 1737. Both churches were located on Meetinghouse Hill, which is located in downtown Northampton on Main Street. Neither the 1661 church nor the 1737 church are still standing. The First Congregational Church, built in 1877-1878 (known as First Churches at 129 Main Street) stands approximately on the site of the four previous meetinghouses.
Jonathan Edwards was granted land for his homestead on King Street. The house in which he lived no longer stands. A side street near the property is named Edwards Square in his honor.
Jonathan Edwards is buried in New Jersey. The Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton contains a gravestone dedicated in his memory in 1850 and a cenotaph dedicated to Jonathan and Sarah Edwards and their children. In addition, the cemetery contains tables stones for his grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, Stoddard's wife, Esther Stoddard, Edwards' uncle, Colonel John Stoddard and David Brainerd and the gravesite of Edwards' daughter Jerusha Edwards.