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Granary Burying Ground

Granary Burying Ground
Granary Burying Ground

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Founded in 1660, the Granary Burying Ground is Boston's third oldest cemetery and home to some of its most important historical figures, such as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. Despite its location in downtown Boston, an eerie peace exists in its shady corners and old, cracked gravestones. Many people come here throughout the day to get lost in Boston's history of Revolutionary War patriots and Declaration of Independence signers, and can spend hours wandering amongst the majestic trees and crooked tombstones trying to read the names on the 2,345 graves.

This historic cemetery took its present name in 1737 when a granary building was moved to the site of what is now the Park Street Church. Since then, many important landscape and architectural developments have helped make the Granary Burying Ground one of the most popular walking cemeteries in Boston. In 1840, Boston architect Isaiah Rogers designed an iron fence and an Egyptian revival gate welcoming visitors. Also in the mid-nineteenth century, pedestrian walkways were installed and many trees and shrubs were planted around the grounds. One of the most prominent features of the Burying Ground is the 25-foot tall obelisk in the center, erected in 1827 to commemorate Benjamin Franklin's parents. Other historical figures buried here include Revolutionary War patriot James Otis, Declaration of Independence signers John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine and Paul Revere, many Boston Massacre victims, and Mother Goose (most likely not the real Mother Goose, but like her namesake, mother to many children and famous for her nursery rhymes).

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • 9am to 5pm daily
  • Contact:
  • Location: Tremont Street. Take the Red or Green Line to Park Street. Walk down Tremont Street away from Boston Common. The Burying Ground will be on your left, right across from Suffolk University Law School.
  • Phone: 617-635-4505
  • Website: www.thefreedomtrail.org
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