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  • Writer's pictureMaddie Lamothe

Freedom Trail Stop 3: Granary Burying Ground

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

We've reached our third stop on our Freedom Trail walking tour! We have just come across rows and rows of headstones, and they look like they've been here for hundreds of years. That's because this burial ground was founded way back in 1660, making it one of the oldest cemeteries in Boston. First known as the South Burying Ground, then the Franklin burying ground in honor of Benjamin Franklin, but it finally stuck as Granary Burying Ground. If you remember from our last stop, the Park Street Church was originally a storehouse for grain, which is where the name came from. Though the Franklin namesake didn't last, a large obelisk in the burying ground is the resting place of his parents and relatives.

What other prominent figures are buried here? Crispus Attucks, Samuel Adams, Peter Faneuil, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and many more. Your tour guide will tell you even more about these historical Bostonians while you stand among their final resting place.

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