Of all the places we visited in Boston, this was my favourite. Here in the middle of a modern city lay a burial ground, a cemetery. At its gates, taxis sounded, people strode on by and the hustles of modern life went on unabated.
Step inside and one enters a different world altogether. There was peace and a lot of history. It is here that many leading revolutionaries are buried, including Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere, as well as victims of the Boston Massacre. And as cars, trucks and buses sped by, one could take time to read the old gravestones and watch the leaves descend to the ground. An oasis in the city.
It was interesting to see some of the earlier headstones which featured skulls, crossbones and other, almost ghoul like, images; simply the style of stone inscriptions of the day.
The stone which captured my attention belonged to a little baby boy called Samuell, who only made it to ten weeks before dying in April 1699.
So if you are looking for a quiet oasis in the middle of Boston then head straight for the Granary Burial Ground, just by Park Street Church at the top of the Common, along Tremont Street. It’s right on the Freedom Trail.
The Cemetery is open on the Tremont Street side, but along its other three borders, buildings tower above the ancient headstones. I particularly liked the fire stairway and brown leafed creeper on one red bricked corner.
For me this is the number one, must see sight in all of Boston. So if you go to Boston, please don’t miss this oasis in the heart of the City.