Place:King's Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

NameKing's Chapel Burying Ground
Coordinates42.358003°N 71.059994°W
Located inBoston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States     (1630 - )
Also located inSuffolk, Massachusetts, United States    


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King's Chapel Burying Ground is an historic graveyard on Tremont Street, near its intersection with School Street, in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the oldest graveyard in the city and is a site on the Freedom Trail. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Despite its name, the graveyard pre-dates the adjacent King's Chapel; it is not affiliated to that or any other church.

King's Chapel Burying Ground was founded in 1630 as the first graveyard in the city of Boston. According to custom, the first interment was that of the land's original owner, Isaac Johnson. It was Boston's only burial site for 30 years (1630–1660). After being unable to locate land elsewhere, in 1686 the local Anglican congregation was allotted land in the graveyard to build King's Chapel.

Today there are 505 headstones and 59 footstones remaining from the more than one thousand people buried in the small space since its inception. There are also 78 tombs, of which 36 have markers. This includes the large vault, built as a charnel house, which was converted into a tomb for children's remains in 1833. The earliest tombs are scattered among the grave markers. Most are in tabletop form.[1]


Boston Historic Cemeteries Initiative -King's Chapel Burying Ground [[1]]

Map of King's Chapel [[2]]

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