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Central Burying Ground, Boston

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Founded  1756
Phone  +1 617-635-7361
Central Burying Ground, Boston
Address  Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Burials  Gilbert Stuart, William Billings, Charles Sprague, Caleb Davis, Stephen Higginson, John Baptiste Julien
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The Central Burying Ground is a cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts. It was established on the Boston Common in 1756. It is located on Boylston Street between Tremont Street and Charles Street.


Famous burials there include the artist Gilbert Stuart, painter of the famed portraits of George Washington and Martha Washington, and the composer William Billings, who wrote the famous colonial hymn "Chester." Also buried there are Samuel Sprague and his son, Charles Sprague, one of America's earliest poets. Samuel Sprague was a participant in the Boston Tea Party and fought in the American Revolutionary War.

When the Tremont Street Subway was under construction in the 1890s, burials were discovered in the area abutting the cemetery. These were reinterred in a mass grave within the bounds of the burying ground.

Notable burials

  • "British soldiers who died of disease during the occupation of the city [1775-1776], and those who died of wounds received at Bunker Hill"
  • Caleb Davis (1738-1797)
  • William Billings (1746–1800), composer
  • John Baptiste Julien (d.1805), proprietor of Julien's Restorator
  • Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828)
  • Charles Sprague (1791–1875)
  • References

    Central Burying Ground, Boston Wikipedia

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