Friday, October 3, 2008

Granary Burying Ground

Founded in 1660, the Granary Burying Ground is the third oldest cemetery in the City of Boston. Located on Tremont Street opposite the Suffolk Law School and next to the Park Street Church. Once there was a granary building located on the site of the Park Street Church, hence the name for the cemetery. There are 2,354 grave markers and some 5,000 bodies. Three signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here: Samuel Adams (of the beer fame); John Hancock; and, Robert Paine. Others of note include: Paul Revere, James Otis, members of Benjamin Frankin's family, and Mother Goose. Walking around Boston is so neat because I get to see all these old sites on a daily basis. Some of the stones in this cemetery are over 300 years old! In the U.S. that is old.

2 comments:

Clueless in boston said...

Interesting angle and great shot. You must have stood with your back up against the Athenaeum in the far right corner of the cemetery to get this shot.

Susie of Arabia said...

Wow - impressive historical graveyard. I'd love to walk through there and read all the headstones...
A favorite place of mine in Tombstone, Arizona, is the Boot Hill Cemetery. Reading the headstones there is always so interesting - some of them are pretty funny.