Granary Burying Ground

Granary Burying Ground

Granary Burying Ground is Boston's 3rd oldest cemetery, first established here in 1660.

The spot is named after the 12,000-bushel grain storage building once located next door to the lot, a major local landmark in its time. The cemetery holds 2,345 gravestones and tombs, though it is thought that over 5,000 bodies are buried here total. The bodies within belong to Massachusettes governors, mayors, clergymen, businessmen, and other men (and women) of importance, such as a handful of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Visit the gravestones of Peter Faneuil, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Benjamin Franklin's parents, the latter recognized by the hard to miss 25-foot obelisk in the center of the cemetery.

See this cemetery on your own or as a stop on the Freedom Trial.


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