This graveyard, established in 1660, was once part of Boston Common. You’ll see the graves of patriots Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and James Otis; merchant Peter Faneuil; and Benjamin Franklin’s parents. Also buried here are the victims of the Boston Massacre and the wife of Isaac Vergoose, who is believed to be “Mother Goose” of nursery rhyme fame. Note that gravestone rubbing, however tempting, is illegal in Boston’s historic cemeteries.
To continue on the Freedom Trail: Turn left as you leave the cemetery and continue 1 1/2 blocks on Tremont Street.