Granary Burying Ground
As the third-oldest Boston burial ground, the Granary Burying Ground has a history closely entwined with the American Revolution. Three signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here, as are Boston Massacre victims. There's perhaps no single graveyard anywhere with such a high proportion of notables interred in such a tight space.
To wander among the 2,345 graves, you can stop by anytime during opening hours, and enjoy free entry to this public space. You can also easily pair a visit with a walk through Boston Common, or learn more on a Boston's Freedom Trail tour. Most tours visit the Granary plus about a dozen other historically-significant sights.
Things to know before you go
- History fans find several important people buried here, including John Hancock.
- If you're fascinated by old graveyards, don't miss the nearby King's Chapel Burying Ground up Tremont Street.
- You can see more of the East Coast in less time with a multi-city excursion; many include stops at key sights in Boston and New York.
How to get there
You can find the Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street. Though walking tours, pedicab tours, or self-guided tours of the Freedom Trail are convenient, independent travelers can use public transit. You should walk from the MBTA State Station—with blue and orange line access—or the Park Street Station, which offers easy transfers to light rail and bus lines.
When to get there
The burial ground is open daily. Avoid visiting when it's rainy and snowy—since you'll want to spend time wandering the Granary's walking paths and noting important gravestones—and expect more visitors during the balmy summer months. If you visit in late spring or early fall, you can enjoy pleasant weather without the crowds.
What to See in Boston Common
This central green space in Boston is more than just a public park, and it's a lovely place to stroll, relax beneath shade trees, and enjoy a picnic. This historic property dates back more than 350 years, and it has a fascinating history. This is the place where Colonial militias assembled, anti-slavery meetings were held, and anti-war protestors demonstrated. You can find ballfields, playgrounds, monuments, a carousel, and much more.
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