Friday, October 30, 2009

Their Final Resting Place

As the birthplace of our country Massachusetts has a long and storied past. With so many generations having lived here and with it being the home to many famous people there are bound to be a bevy of haunted places. So on this eve of Halloween grab a friend and hang on to your heart as we take a tour of some of the creepiest cemeteries in the Boston area.

King's Chapel Burying Ground was founded in 1630 as the first cemetery in the city of Boston.

John Winthrop's grave site. He was the first Puritan governor of Massachusetts.

William Dawes, Revolutionary War hero, grave site.

Founded in 1660, the Granary Burying Ground is the city's third-oldest cemetery. It is the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War patriots, signers of the Declaration of Independence, and victims of the Boston Massacre.

Paul Revere's grave site.

John Hancock's grave site.

Boston Massacre grave site.

Mother Goose's grave site - yes she was a real person.

Burial Hill is the oldest cemetery in Plymouth dating back to colonial times. Before it became a cemetery, it was the site of the first fort, meeting house, and place of worship. Last Halloween night we took a ghost tour of this cemetery. Talk about scary! Our tour guide told many bone chilling stories that night.

John Howland's grave site. John was one of the pilgrims that came over on the Mayflower.

I think the creepiest cemetery is Salem's Burying Point. On this small patch of land are buried those responsible for the Salem Witch Trials.

One of the most notorious figures of the witch trials - Justice John Hathorne's grave site.

This now concludes our tour - be sure no one from beyond is following you home. ;)

Happy Halloween!!!


Jenns Three Graces said...

Halloween is not my fav but history is - this was terrific! Thank you so much! I used to watch Casper every morning before school when I was little ( a few years ago :). Jennifer

Mary Delle said...

I enjoyed the history, just as Jenns did. Fun post and a great read. Liked the photos of the cemetary.

Mildred said...

This was very interesting. Happy Hallowen to you and I loved Casper!

Gail said...

It's something to see the grave of Paul Revere...Such a mythic figure in our history and in our awareness...Casper was a perfect counter balance to the Burying Point! have a great weekend. Gail

lynn'sgarden said...

Now I'm singing the casper theme song! I'm open to spirits..they ARE all around us...mua haha!

I find peace in cemetaries...

sweet bay said...

What beautiful and fascinating cemetaries! My husband in particular would love to tour those.

Is that flaming pumpkin yours? The effect is fantastic.

Carrie said...

Cemeteries are a favourite place of mine - so much peace there I find. Great blogette, loads of history in your area, you're right about that. Forgive the ignorance of an Irish girl but I didn't know everyone, but I knew a good few so you've made me feel brainy today (a hard task!!) Happy November x

Darla said...

A little eerrriiee!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Hi Sweetbay, the pumpkin photo isn't mine... I got it off of a free photo site. It's a great picture I agree - Andy says we should try to duplicate it by pouring some kerosene inside a pumpkin - jeez I don't think so! LOL -Jackie

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Perfect for Halloween...a historical tour--factual, yet creeeeepy!! Those old gravestones are fascinating to me, as well.

CiNdEe said...

Wow cool!!! I bet those places are loaded with ghosts(-: What a fun thing to do on Halloween!!!