Chelsea Square (Winnisimmet Park)

This wedge of park space in front of the Chelsea Police Station features many, many benches for sitting, as well as a large fountain and art sculptures. The manicured grass, shrubs, and trees are surrounded by decorative wrought iron fence. Here you'll find the Soldiers' Monument and the Stebbins Fountain. This is also the home of the Chelsea Christmas Tree.

At Second Street, the park sits opposite Independence Hall (157 Winnisimmet St.), which is now condominiums.  It was here on Tuesday, September 19, 1848 that Abraham Lincoln, then a U.S. Congressman, delivered an address in support of the Whig Party's candidate for President, General Zachary Taylor.  Taylor, who did not adhere to the Whig Party's platform, went on to win the election but died in office on July 9, 1850.  Of Lincoln's speech in Chelsea, the newspaper the Boston Atlas reported, "“The Whigs of Chelsea last night held one of those meetings which do good to the inner man. The Hon. Abraham Lincoln made a speech, which for aptness of illustration, solidity of argument, and genuine eloquence, is hard to beat.”

Address:
Bordered by Broadway, Winnisimmet and Park Streets
Chelsea, MA 02150

Park Type:
Sitting

Size:
0.48