Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Welcome to Granary Burying Ground
This graveyard was started by Boston’s town officials in 1660 because of overcrowding at the “old burying ground” (King’s Chapel, one block away). Granary is Boston’s
The Granary Burying Ground today covers approximately two acres and contains 2,345 gravestones and 204 tombs. It is probable that more than 8,000 men, women, and children were buried here, the majority in the tombs that border the grounds. Many gravestones have decayed or have been lost. Granary was overcrowded by the 18th century, and burials outside of tombs were prohibited from 1856 on. The gravestone locations have been rearranged at least two times to accommodate pathways and landscaping, so many no longer mark the actual burial location. In 1840 Solomon
First Mayor and First Architect
The Honorable John Phillips (1770-1823) united warring town factions to form a city government and become Boston’s first mayor in 1822. His son, Wendell Phillips, was the famous abolitionist. Mayor Phillips was buried in Tomb 60, the Buttoph Family tomb.
Scottish architect and portrait painter John Smibert (1688-1751) painted many of the wealthy Bostonians who are buried in Granary Burying Ground. Smibert immigrated to Boston in 1729 and married Mary Williams (1708-after 1753), daughter of schoolmaster Nathaniel Williams. In his first five years in Boston he produced more than 100 portraits of Bostonians, including Judge Samuel Sewall. He later painted Peter Faneuil (sign #7) and was the architect for the original Faneuil Hall in 1740-42. He is recognized today as America’s first architect. When he died in 1751 he was buried in the Nathaniel Williams Tomb (62). Tomb 62’s tablet is inscribed “Thomas and John Bradlee’s Tomb 1816,” with no markings for its 18th century residents. In the 19th century this tomb, similar to many others in Granary, was resold after the colonial owners died out or left town with the British.
Topics and series. This historical marker Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series list.
Location. 42° 21.438′ N, 71° 3.675′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Tremont Street and Bromfield Street, on the left when traveling north on Tremont Street. Marker is along the walking trail in Granary Burying Ground, just to the right of the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Adams (here, next to this marker); Victims of the Boston Massacre (here, next to this marker); Granary Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); Paul Revere Buried in this Ground (a few steps from this marker); A Riot, the Massacre, and the Tea Party (a few steps from this marker); Gravestone Carving (within shouting distance of this marker); Family Memorials (within shouting distance of this marker); Josiah and Abiah Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
More about this marker. The middle of the marker contains a map of the plan of Granary Burying Ground with the location of the marker indicated. The right side of the marker features a portrait of Mary Williams and a 17th century map showing the cemetery on the Boston Common.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers found along the walking trail in Boston’s Granary Burying Ground.
Also see . . . Granary Burying Ground. Details of the Freedom Trail from the City of Boston website. (Submitted on May 9, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,441 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on January 5, 2020, by Bruce Guthrie of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 9, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.