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Photo Essay: Fascinating Cemeteries of Boston


Join me on a walk through American Revolutionary War history with a cemetery tour of Boston!

In This Boston Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • The History of Boston
  • Important Graves in the City
  • And More!

Forget arts and architecture — cemeteries tell the story of the people who lived, worked and died in the city of Boston. And some of these people changed the path of history — Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock… names you don’t have to be an American to recognize and appreciate. “The British are coming, the British are coming!”

That’s why when I went to Boston, I had to check out historical cemeteries like King’s Chapel, the Old Burying Ground in Harvard and the famous Old Granary Cemetery.

Here are Boston’s Cemeteries in photos:

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Samuel Adams was an original signer of the American Declaration of Independence — and of course, a brewer of beer.


Fall adds a certain “spooky” touch to the cemeteries.


It makes you wonder who they were… what they did…


Paul Revere’s tomb, Old Granary Cemetery.


Paul Revere is one of the most storied figures from the American Revolutionary War.


The skull symbolizes the mortality of the body, and the wings symbolize the immortality of the soul.


What can I say, I like old cemeteries….


Historical tours run regularly through the city’s cemeteries.


The “Old Burying Ground,” in Harvard, Cambridge, MA.


King’s Chapel Cemetery was founded in 1630.


Graves in Boston date back to the 1600s – ancient by North American standards.


The Franklin Family Tomb, Old Granary Cemetery.


“Skull and Bones” and “Skull and Wings” are commonly seen on Revolutionary War-era gravestones.


Boston’s famous cemeteries hold graves of everyone from Paul Revere to “Mother Goose.”


The famous Old Granary Cemetery, downtown Boston.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

2 comments… add one
  • Dennis D. Dec 9, 2011 Link

    Umm, uber creeepy dude.

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