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 .
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Granary Burying Ground Reviews
Wow! This cemetery is fascinating for various reasons. The age of the cemetery. The people buried here. The beauty of the ancient grave markers. With a little searching, one can find the... more »
The age of this graveyard is clearly visible. Interestingly tombstones for even the most important America’s historical figures are not polished. It is a bit of exercise to find a tombstone you are... more »
Peaceful place in the heart of the city’s hustle and bustle. I contemplated while reading the gravestone markers, most of what I read were of people who died young. There were several signs throughout the burying ground showing resting spots of known people like John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin’s family, etc.
Unfortunately this cemetery closes at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and we did not get to enter as the two security guards were just locking the gates. We just viewed it through the fence and we were so disappointed we did not get to stroll up and down the paths to read all these headstones. At least we did get to see Sam Adams headstone which can be seen through the fence. Next time in Boston we would make a point to get to this cemetery during the visiting hours as it is something to see! Highly recommend to check the web site for the hours of this cemetery.
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