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Granary Burying Ground

Historical Significance

Founded in 1660 on Tremont Street, the Granary Burying Ground is the third oldest burying ground in Boston, and the first stop on Boston’s Freedom Trail. Once part of the Boston Common, the burial ground was originally called the South Burying Ground, but was renamed in 1737 for the town grain storage, which was located where Park Street Church now stands. Many Revolutionary War era patriots and notable Bostonians are buried here, including John Hancock (d. 1793), the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, merchant Peter Faneuil (d. 1743), for whom Boston landmark Faneuil Hall is named, “Mother Goose” Elizabeth Foster (d. 1757), Paul Revere (d. 1818), and the victims of the Boston Massacre (1770).

Conservation Treatment

  • ŸAssessment and treatment of slate crypts and headstones.
  • Stone cleaning.
  • ŸCrack injection.
  • ŸFills in water traps and along mend-lines using color matched slate aggregate.
  • ŸRepairs of broken markers.
  • ŸFabrication of slate “Dutchman” bases where needed.
  • Resetting

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