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The Granary Burying Ground is located near the intersection of Park Street and Tremont Street in Boston Massachusetts (Suffolk County). The coordinates are 42° 21' 27" N, 71° 3' 41" W.
The Granary Burying Ground was established in 1660, making it the third oldest cemetery in Boston. It was originally known as the South Burying Ground because it was located on the south side of the city. As the city grew, it soon became known as the Middle Burying Ground. It got its current name in 1737 - a building used for grain storage (known as a granary) stood next to the cemetery, where the Park Street Church stands today.
Many notable people are buried at the Granary Burying Ground, including:
- John Hancock - signer of the Declaration of Independence
- Robert Treat Paine - signer of the Declaration of Independence
- Samuel Adams - signer of the Declaration of Independence
- Paul Revere - Patriot, carried the lanterns to warn of British attack.
- The victims of the Boston Massacre - Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, James Caldwell, and Patrick Carr
- Benjamin Franklin's parents
- Elizabeth Goose - Some believe she is the legendary "Mother Goose". She does not have a gravestone, so many believe her body is buried under the Mary Goose gravestone.
The cemetery is very well maintained, and there are rows and rows of interesting gravestones to look at. It's definitely worth visiting if you're ever in the Boston area!
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