One of the oldest cemeteries in Boston, Granary Burying Ground is the final resting place of many important figures in American history. Founding fathers, patriots, and victims of the Boston Massacre lie here--making this an important stop on the Freedom Trail. Among the graves, you'll see the tombstones of three men who signed the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine. The cemetery includes 2,345 graves, but an estimated 5,000 people are buried here. In the center of the cemetery, a 7.6 m (25 ft) tall obelisk marks the tomb of Benjamin Franklin's parents. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Granary Burying Ground by using our Boston road trip site .
Granary Burying Ground Reviews
Although graveyards can be macabre or a place of personal family-history discovery, the burial place of individuals closely associated with the American Revolutionary War is interesting in itself but ... more »
Revel in the history and sadness here. Take the booklet handed outside the gate to get a better understanding of the layout. A better understanding along the freedom trail about how times have changed... more »
Love taking people here in the summer to see some historic gravestones. There is an individual who usually stands at the entrance during busy summer months and hands out guides he put together himself! I certainly recommend taking one- just remember to give it back at the end of your walk.
Free to enter. Right in the middle of downtown among all the buildings sits this quiet graveyard with so much history. Make sure to a lot enough time to take it all in & read the headstones of American history. Lots of tour groups go here but you can easily do a self guided one!
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