Granary Burying Ground, Boston

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    Old Granary Burying Ground

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 23, 2013

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    The Old Granary dating back to the 1660's is the city's second oldest cemetary. It contains the remains of many Revolutionary heroes. Here you'll find the graves of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, and of course the gravesite of Paul Revere. Benjamin Franklin's parents are buried here and so is Mother Goose!!!

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    Granary Burial Ground-Mother Goose's Grave

    by moiraistyx Updated Aug 18, 2008

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    This is a neat little tidbit of information. Elizabeth Vergoose, who is believed to be "Mother" Goose is buried here somewhere in the cemetery. There is a headstone, but no one is really positive if she's buried there or somewhere else in the cemetery.

    After doing some research I discovered that the burial ground was founded in 1660 and is the 3rd oldest burial ground in Boston. It gets its name from the fact that grain was once stored where the current church now stands back in 1737, which is when the graveyard was named.

    Visiting the burial ground is free of course but it's only open from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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    Old Granary Burying Ground

    by Jefie Updated Jun 1, 2008

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    Dating back to 1660, the Granary Burying Ground is a very popular stop along the Freedom Trail. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin's parents, Peter Faneuil and the victims of the Boston Massacre are all buried there. Among the cemetery's weird stories is the grave robbing that took place in 1793, when John Hancock was buried - that very same night, grave robbers cut off his hand with which he had signed the Declaration of Independence!

    That's me, exploring the Granary Burying Ground Headstone of Samuel Adams The five victims of the Boston Massacre Paul Revere's grave John Hancock's monument (see the falcon too?)
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    by grkboiler Written Apr 28, 2004

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    John Hancock is buried at the Granary Burying Ground. He was a very prominent and outspoken figure of the revolution, and has one of the most famous signatures in history. He was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence and signed his name big enough so the King of England would be able to read it clearly. This inspired the phrase "give me your John Hancock", meaning "give me your signature". He was also the first governor of the state of Massachusetts.

    His tombstone reads:
    This memorial erected AD MDCCCXCV by the Commonwealth of Massachvsetts to mark the grave of John Hancock.

    The tombstone also has Hancock's face etched into it. To give you an idea of how tall the monument is, I had my friend Pete stand in front of it. Pete is 6'2. Hancock's legacy of being a prominent figure is even true after his death.

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  • Paul Revere Gravesite

    by grkboiler Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Paul Revere is buried in the Granary Burying Ground. He is famous for making the famous midnight ride with 2 others from Boston to Concord on April 18, 1775, to warn residents of the advancing British troops. He actually did not finish the ride because he was detained by British scouts, but the others finished the ride.

    Revere also took part in the Boston Tea Party and designed the official seal of the united colonies. He was a silversmith by trade.

    His tombstone reads:
    Paul Revere. Born in Boston, January, 1734. Died May, 1818.

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    Old Granary Burying Ground

    by Tijavi Updated Feb 19, 2010

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    Downtown Boston is littered with old colonial cemeteries a.k.a. burying grounds, but what perhaps stands out is Old Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street - a very prime real estate. Buried here are "prime" names indeed - Boston's patriotic sons like John Hancock and Paul Revere.

    Doubts though exist whether John Hancock remains buried here. It was said robbers took away John Hancock's hand which he used to sign the Declaration of Independence. It is also believed that his body was taken away during some construction work in the 19th century.

    Whatever the truth is about the mystery behind John Hancock's remains, the leafy cemetery is a pleasant site to visit to escape Boston's urban cityscape - and be among Boston's patriots long dead, but never forgotten.

    The leafy cemetery is a perfect escape A memorial to the Benjamin Franklin's family John Hancock memorial, but is he still here? Well-landscaped and colorful in autumn The cemetery is prime real estate in central Bosto
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    Granary Burying Ground

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 20, 2010

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    The Granary Burying Ground is an old cemetery in Boston dating back to 1660. The Cemetery has many olfd graves and headstones of famous historical figures such as: Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, James Otis, Peter Faneuil and Benjamin Franklin's parents. Many victims of the Boston Massacre are slo buried in this cemetery.

    I am not a big fan of cemeteries or walking around people's graves. My wife on the other hand loves cemeteries so I indulged here and waited outside the gate as she wandered through the cemetery exploring the headstones.

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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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    The Granary Burying Ground

    by Paul2001 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Probably one of the oldest cemetery that I have visited in North America, the Granary Burying Ground sits next to the Park Street Church.The Granary Burying Ground was founded in 1660 and was laid down next to a grainery, hence the name. It is here that many of the leading figures of the American Revolution were buried. You seem to step back a couple of centuries upon entering the Granary Burying Ground as the tombstones are so old and the grounds so atmospheric. Wander around the cemetery and you will find many of the graves of Revolutionary heros and signers of the Declaration of Independence. You can easily find the tombstones of such notables as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock For this reason it almost feels like a historical pilgrim site. Also buried here are the five men who died at the Boston Massacre. It is easy to tour the Granary Burying Ground as it is only about two acres in size. The location of the graves are marked out on maps at various stations around the grounds.
    The Granary Burying Ground is open daily from 9am to 5pm and it is free to visit.

    The Granary Burying Ground The Grave site of John Hancock The tombstone of Paul Revere The tombstone of Samuel Adams The grave of the victims of the Boston Massacre
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    Granary Burying Ground

    by Joseph69 Updated Jan 22, 2007

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    The Granary Burying Ground with its impressive large front gate is the 3rd oldest burial ground in Boston. It was founded in 1660. It was renamed "Granary" in 1737 due to grain being stored where the current Park Street Church now stands.

    Many Massachussets Mayors, Governors and Clergymen are buried here, as well as 3 of the signers (John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine and Samuel Adams) of the Declaration of Independence!

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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 PinkFloydActuary Written Aug 20, 2011

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    There are several Burying Grounds along the Freedom Trail, but you will see the final resting place of a number of famous names at Granary. Samuel Adams was the first one that caught my eye from the street. There are two large monuments, one for John Hancock, and the other says "Franklin" - upon further inspection, it is not the resting place of Ben, but of his parents.

    The grounds are laid out pretty well - you can take a path along the outside of the grounds, and there are several footpaths through the middle as well. When I was there, they were doing some construction on the walkways, which is always helpful :)

    It's amazing how well some of the markers have kept up over time. I think anyone with an interest in the history of the country will be impressed with their time at this location.

    Paul Revere Samuel Adams Granary Burying Ground John Hancock Ben Franklin's Parents

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    Granary Burying Ground

    by mikey_e Written Apr 14, 2009

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    Boston has a number of old cemeteries that are, without doubt, quite necessary stops on anyone’s tourist agenda. No, I’m not macabre, but you have to remember that Boston is quite an old city for British North America, and you are unlikely to be able to see European grave sites as old as these in many other places in North America. The Granary Burying Ground is a great cemetery to visit, as it is adjacent to the Park Church (which is at the start of Freedom Trail) and because it is “home” to a number of famous Bostonians’ graves. You can see here the tombs of Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams (more than just a beer, he was a Patriot and signer of the Constitution) and the tombs of the Franklin family, although Benjamin Franklin is buried in Philadelphia, not Boston. The Burying Ground is open to all and free of charge, so you can wander at will and take pictures of interesting monuments. Rubbings are not permitted, but in truth few gravestones are still in a state that would produce anything interesting if they were rubbed.

    Granary Burying Ground Franklin family tombs Samuel Adams gravestone John Hancock's grave Another view of the burying ground
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    Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

    by kooka3 Written Apr 1, 2006

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    Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th Century grave digger, cursed with a sentence of eternal damnation. This wretched creature is doomed to travel the streets of Boston and relay the stories of the unfortunate souls he encountered and the macabre events he had been witness to during his purgatory. Join other apprentice grave diggers on an adventure through the darker side of Boston, a scary, fun, and informative fright seeing experience that is truly one of a kind.

    Hear about Boston's most sinister characters, from the Angel of Death, to the king of all killers, the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston proper for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery we find in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein

    Visit the Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End, nestled atop the tallest point in one of Boston's oldest historic districts. Here you will visit the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials. Then to the Granary Burying Ground where you will visit the final resting places of many of the most famous heroes of the American Revolution including John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.

    Remember that half of the tour is walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended (so as not to become "dead" on your feet)! The tour is 2 HOURS LONG!! You want good shoes!!

    Make sure you book this at least 2 days in advance to guarantee a spot! Sometimes this sells out.

    This product is seasonal and only operates from May through to October
    * May - Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    * June to October - Daily

    Time: departures at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00,and 9:00 pm

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    The Granary Cemetery

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 7, 2005

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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.

    Tourists in the Granary Cemetery
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