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Granary Burying Ground
Granary Burying Ground

Granary Burying Ground

8.037 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Cemetery
Ranked #32 in Boston things to do
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Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 635-7361
https://www.boston.gov/cemetaries/granary-burying-ground
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For those interested in history, a trip to Boston requires a walk through the Granary Burying Ground. The cemetery provides a final resting place for numerous American heroes, including Paul Revere ... Read more
and three signers of the Declaration of Independence. Founded in 1660, the cemetery includes 2,345 marked graves. The Freedom Trail wanders through the Granary Burying Ground and the cemetery provides a history lesson as visitors stroll through the markers commemorating American patriots. Small American flags mark significant graves, making it easy for visitors to identify markers and tombs of special historic interest. Visitors enjoy the choice of guided tours through the graveyard or self-directed exploration. For those interested in history, a trip to Boston requires a walk through the Granary Burying Ground. The cemetery provides a final resting place for numerous American heroes, including Paul Revere and three signers of the Declaration of Independence. Founded in 1660, the cemetery includes 2,345 marked graves. The Freedom Trail wanders through the Granary Burying Ground and the cemetery provides a history lesson as visitors stroll through the markers commemorating American patriots. Small American flags mark significant graves, making it easy for visitors to identify markers and tombs of special historic interest. Visitors enjoy the choice of guided tours through the graveyard or self-directed exploration.

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Local from Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Grab the folder from the non-official-looking fella -follow his suggestions. Some engravings are a trip to Puritan grim reaper heaven. Get it?

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Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Lots of history here is this cemetery, however if I hadn't been on a Freedom Trail Tour I would not have know all history behind this place.

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Local from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Old Granary Burying Ground is one of the oldest cemeteries in Boston, though few who pass it daily on their commutes to work via Park Street Station probably realize its historic significance. Located behind the Park Street Church, the graveyard is home to crumbling 18th century stones. Under some of them, lie the key figures of the Revolutionary War, including Sam Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Crispus Atticus and the other victims of the Boston Massacre that took place down the street and around the corner. Sometimes, if you're not already on their tour, you'll see guides dressed in colonial garb leading swaths of tourists through.

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

This is the cemetery where Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Mother Goose are buried. You can get guided tours or just walk through on your own--there are sign markers around the cemetery telling you things of significance.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

An easy walk and located in downtown Boston, Boston Graveyard features the tombstones of some of Boston's most famous residents, such as John Hancock.

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Local from Cambridge

Worth a look if you like cemeteries or just really old things. Right downtown so on the way to other things.

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Neuchatel, Switzerland

If you are already walking the Freedom Trail, this should be a mandatory stop. Many famous historical figures are buried here, and equally interesting, the headstones of the time had some really wonderful art.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

The freedom trail is filled with interesting historical places. This is one of those. So what if its a graveyard. It’s still a park and it provides a bunch of interesting history lessons to all who swing through here...

Some famous historical figures are buried along the freedom trail; and per the signs Paul Revere rests here. You dont get much bigger in Americana than him. However Revere is not the only one here of that would be considered important. Benjamin Franklin’s parents are also entombed here and Ben is one of the few bigger figures than Revere.

Pro Tip: This is the first cemetery on the Freedom Trail from the beginning.

This particular cemetery is very tranquil and is tucked in between 5+ story buildings on 3 sides and a major street on the fourth. It is adorned with some interesting headstones and some giant trees that are all rather old, potentially a few hundred years. I still don’t know if I would want to be in any of the tenements that surround this place. But its age is easily seen as half the headstones are overgrown with moss or lichen. It is very picturesque to boot.

So yeah it’s a suggested place to stop off and take a gander at history. If nothing else it’s a great rest stop and will let you come to a peaceful calm very quickly.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

Very cool and very historic. This is a peaceful place that is easy to tour thanks to the organized markers.

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Schenectady, New York State, USA

This part of the Freedom trail the main entrance is non-accessible. You will need to call the mayor office to have the side gate unlock, so you can enter through accessible entrance of the graveyard. There are several singers of declaration of independence including President John Hancock are buried here.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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I'm a complete Revolutionary War nerd. Always have been. So when I first saw the Granary Burying Ground, peeking in between the gates to see the grave of James Otis, I sort of had a fanboy moment.

This is American history. This is where the stories you've read in textbooks come to life. As with the other attractions along Boston's Freedom Trail, the Granary Burying Ground is a must-visit spot.

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Santander, Spain

What's better than visiting a graveyard in the history packed city of Boston? I can't think of anything more exciting. Visit here during October and you're sure to run into the ghost of Paul Revere and his friends.

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Jonesboro, Georgia

Visiting historical graveyards is not creepy. In fact, for ones as storied as Boston's, it is actually a must for any history-oriented tour of the city.

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Virginia, USA

This is a very cool old graveyard. The history of the different engravings on the stones is quite interesting.

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United States

I personally enjoy just wandering around old cemetaries and looking at the monuments. This centuries old one is on the Freedom Trail and contains some neat tombstones and historical figures.

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Local from Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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If you don't mind difficult to read headstones of some historic heroes then this is your place. It pales in comparison to cemeteries over in Paris... I guess I've been spoiled!

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Cave Creek, Arizona, USA
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I am intrigued and fascinated with old graveyards.Take your time and look at the different slate headmarkers and the epitaphs. I've not seen another like this.

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Burns, Kansas

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Vienna, Austria

See what famous people are buried in this historical cemetery.

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Stuttgart, Germany

ideal place for history buffs ;)

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