More About First Meeting House / Town Meeting Square, Site of

A memorial stone, located in front of the William A. Meaney Playground in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood, marks the approximate spot where the first Puritans to arrive in Dorchester erected their original meeting house. Here, where today’s East Cottage, Pond, and Pleasant Streets meet, the citizens held their town meetings and gathered for worship. The area was named Town Meeting Square in 1894 to commemorate the fact that the first town meeting in what would become the United States was held here, on October 8, 1633. Each year on October 8, Dorchester Day is celebrated. The Dot Day Parade has been an annual tradition for close to 120 years.


Intersection of East Cottage, Pond, and Pleasant Streets