Granary Burying Ground, Boston

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    The Granary Cemetery

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 7, 2005

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    Tourists in the Granary Cemetery
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    The Granary Cemetery is the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin's family (but not Mr. Franklin himself), John Hancock, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, the Boston Massacre victims, Peter Faneuil, and nursery rhyme legend "Mother" Goose.

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    GRANARY BURYING GROUND - Beacon Hill

    by smschley Updated Mar 2, 2005

    I don’t really like cemeteries, but it seems like I’m visiting one in every city I go to. We were walking out of the Boston Common past the Park Street church on our way to the Faneuil when we saw the old headstones so decided to pop in. It was set aside in 1660 and named the Old Granary Burying Ground because the town granary was close by at the time.

    There are a lot of headstones with some over 300 years old, but they are not an accurate count of those buried here. Even during colonial days, space was limited in the downtown Boston area, and old graves were often dug up to make room for new ones. It is said that at least 1600 people were buried at Old Granary Burying Ground. Buried at Old Granary are many 18th Century notables including Paul Revere, the parents of Ben Franklin, the wife of Isaac Vergoose, who is believed to be "Mother Goose" of nursery rhyme fame (Elizabeth "Mother" Goose - buried in 1690), victims of the Boston Massacre, John Hancock (1737-1793), Sam Adams (1722-1803), Robert Treat Paine, and U.S. Senator Christopher Gore (1758-1827).

    Note the winged hourglasses carved into the stone gateway of the burial ground; they are a 19th-century addition, made more than 150 years after this small plot began receiving the earthly remains of colonial Bostonians.

    OPEN: Dec.-Mar. daily 8:30-dusk; Apr.-Nov., daily 8:30-5.

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    Granary Burial Ground

    by myrtle Updated Oct 14, 2004
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    There are a lot of famous people buried here. Among those are Paul Revere ("The British are Coming"), Samuel Adams (not only of the beer, but as it states on his headstone "Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of this Commonwealth, A Leader of Men and an ardent Patriot"), Benjamin Franklin's parents, and John Hancock. In this picture you can see the monument with the Franklin name.

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    by grkboiler Written Apr 28, 2004

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    The Granary Burying Ground is the final resting place for some of Boston's most influental and famous citizens, including John Hancock, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, and the family of Ben Franklin. The victims of the Boston Massacre are also buried here. It really brings history to life (sorry, had to say it).

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    Granary Burying Ground

    by lovemycacti Written Apr 11, 2004

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    Granary Buring Ground in located on the historic Freedom Trail in beautiful downtown Boston. With its massive Egyptian Revival-style gates facing Tremont Street, the Granary Burying Ground is the final resting place of many eminent Revolutionary-era patriots, such as Samuel Adams, Peter Faneuil, Paul Revere, and John Hancock.

    Originally called South Burying Ground because of its location at the most southerly area of Boston settlement, it was then renamed Middle Burying Ground, as Boston sprawled toward the south. The current name is derived from the grain storage building, or granary, which stood on the site where the Park Street Church now stands.

    Burying ground open daily 9:00am to 5:00pm.
    Free, but you will have to pay for parking - which I recommend doing at the underground parking garage off of Tremont Streets, then walking 10-15 minutes to get onto the trail. Please do not litter, step off the graveyard paths or touch the stones so that others will be able to enjoy this historic area.

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    by Pamela_Peace Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Granary Burial Grounds - Located adjacent to Park Street Church, this 1660 cemetery contains the remains of Revolutionary heros such as John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, and none other than Paul Revere. Benjamin Franklin's parents are also buried here along with Mother Goose!!! Go, see, and believe.

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    Old Granary Burying Ground

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Old Granary Burying Ground
    This was the city's second cemetary, established in 1660. Famous people buried here are John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Robert Treat Paine (3 signers of the Declaration of Independence), Paul Revere, Elizabeth Foster Vergoose (better known as Mother Goose, writer of the famous nursery rhymes), and Benjamin Franklin parents. It was originally called South Burying Ground because it was located on the southerly most area of the Boston settlement. As Boston grew toward the south, it was renamed Middle Burying Ground. Its current name comes from the long wooden grain storage building, or granary, which was once part of the Commons and stood on the land where the Park Street Church now stands.

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    Granary Burying Ground at Park Street Church

    by MLW20 Updated Jan 10, 2007
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    Founded in 1660 this is the third oldest burial gound in Boston proper.

    Along with Massachussetts Governors, Clergymen, and Mayors, three signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here.

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    Old Granary Burying Ground

    by Monique_T Updated Dec 25, 2002

    This graveyard is in the middle of Boston. If you follow the Freedom Trail you will pass it. The weird thing was there are all apartments around it with a view of the burying ground. Nice view!

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    Granary Burial Ground

    by diver-x Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Granary Burial Ground

    Sam Adams, the Franklin family and several other patriots are buried in this historic cemetary.

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