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Granary Burying Ground, Boston

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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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  • Its crazy how many tombstones there are in this graveyard. And they are so close that many are on top of each other. So old, but reading them and the history is so interesting. Ben Franklin's parents....  more
    Its crazy how many tombstones there are in this graveyard. And they are so close that many are on top of each other. So old, but reading them and the history is so interesting. Ben Franklin's parents....  more »
  • Seeing Sam Adam's and the Franklin family graves seems surreal, not to mention Mother Goose's grave! A gentleman provided a map of the gravesites, free or for donation. 
    Seeing Sam Adam's and the Franklin family graves seems surreal, not to mention Mother Goose's grave! A gentleman provided a map of the gravesites, free or for donation.  more »
  • You can tour this cemetery on your own or if you sign up for the the freedom tour or the ghost tour, you will stop by here. It is fascinating! The history lesson is so informative and eye opening. It....  more
    You can tour this cemetery on your own or if you sign up for the the freedom tour or the ghost tour, you will stop by here. It is fascinating! The history lesson is so informative and eye opening. It....  more »
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  • Shortly after the start of the Freedom Trail, around the corner from the Park street Church you'll find this small, but nice and historic cemetery. While the Church was closed, the entrance to the graveyard was open, and it's free. It's a final resting place for Sam Adams, Paul Revere and other important figures from the Revolutionary war.
  • So much history here. A wow place. Names that you see in history books. To know that this is their final resting place is amazing. Take your time and just enjoy it. I went on a winter day and there was a good crowd so I can only imagine what it’s like in the summer. It’s an easy walk from Boston common so no reason you can’t visit if your in town.
  • This place is U.S. History 101. Astonishing history and a must when visiting Boston. The victims of the Boston Massacre!! Wow! I just finished a pint at Sam Adams taproom, so paying my respects at his resting place was fitting.
  • It's so crazy how Boston has evolved. When you think about it being a place that was settled long before America became a country then how now it's a hub of the north. It's most interesting because places like this cemetery remind you just how old it is. Surrounded by modern buildings, this unassuming plot of land is home to some very famous names like John Hancock, Paul Revere, Mother Goose, and those who perished in the Boston Massacre. Most helpful was a guy who handed me a map I could use while I was in there. Without knowing where to look, it would be hard to know. Some headstones are impossible to decipher, unfortunately. Some are quite easy, including Benjamin Franklin's parents. A very worthwhile experience on the Freedom Trail.
  • Fascinating historical value. This is the burial place of Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samual Adams, just to name a few. Some of the headstones are so old they’re a bit difficult to read. Great stop on the Freedom Trail.

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