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Granary Burying Ground, Boston

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Cemetery Historic Site
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. Using our world travel planner, Boston attractions like Granary Burying Ground can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The legendary rebel rouser Samuel Adams is interred here, alongside the great merchant John Hancock and goldsmith Paul Revere. This site is a main stop of the Freedom Walking Tour, so if you do that t...  more »
  • Where else can you possible go to see John Hancock's grave, Ben Franklin's parents memorial or tombstones in the surrounding building foundations??? A stop along the Freedom Trail.  more »
  • its worth spending a quiet time wandering around this historic site. Many graves of important US figures, and well presented story boards.  more »
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  • A small place bursting with history. A lot of freedom fighters are buried here. Walk around to find little details and read the epitaphs. It's an amazing and different experience.
  • This hallowed site is the resting place for many famous founding fathers and Architect's of our fledgling nation. Worn smooth with age are the stone markers of legendary giants of politics, science and craftsmen beyond compare. One of the oldest burial grounds in Boston, it is part of the historic walking tour known as the Freedom Trail.
  • Very neat excursion to see the headstones of the patriots that conspired for the Independence of this country.
  • Creepy and cold this day in Boston but definitely funky to have this cemetery in the heart of town a skip from the Common. It is nice to pay homage to the pilgrims!
  • Nice burial ground in heart of the city. Cool tombstones and there were tulips in the spring.

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