Founded in 1660, located on Tremont Street, Boston’s Granary cemetery of Boston is the third oldest cemetery in the United States.
It’s the last resting place for many patriots and leaders of the American Revolution, including three signers of the Declaration of Independence and five victims of the Boston Massacre.
Really a place not only sacred, but symbolic and famous.
The need of the site derived, as often happens, by the fact that the land used for the first cemetery in the city, King’s Chapel, was insufficient to meet the growing population of the city.
Photo gallery: Boston’s Granary Cemetery
The site of the cemetery Boston’s Granary was originally part of Boston Common, which then included the whole block, but two years later the portion south-west of the block was used for public buildings, including the barn and a house of correction, while the northern part was used for housing.
Boston’s Granary cemetery was originally located at the rear of the property but a vote on May 15, 1717 it approved the expansion to the east, toward the highway. The extension was made in 1720 when 15 tombs were assigned to a number of families of Boston. This is an exclusive place, where even the dead want to have clear and well explained their social status.
It is a place that, despite not looking for it, sooner or later you will end up finding it, and did not pass by unnoticed.
I must say that I was not expecting something like that, really was a complete surprise to find this green space paved with tombs in the middle of the city center.
I speak of really ancient tombs, people buried there since hundreds and hundreds of years while all around the world continues to flow undisturbed and indifferent.
At the cemetery Boston’s Granary time seems to be suspended.