Preservation at King’s Chapel Burying Ground

As Boston proper’s oldest burying ground, King’s Chapel Burying Ground on the Freedom Trail is the final resting place of many notable Bostonians who shaped the city in its earliest years. Its residents include John Winthrop, Massachusetts’ first Governor, and Mary Chilton, the first woman to step off the Mayflower.

 Preserved and maintained by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Historic Burying Grounds Initiative, King’s Chapel Burying Ground is undergoing a landscape improvements restoration project, supported in part by a Freedom Trail Foundation Preservation Fund grant.

The project will provide much needed, environmentally sensitive, improvements to King’s Chapel Burying Ground by halting erosion, improving site aesthetics, and providing a safer and more enjoyable visitor experience. New plantings and ground cover will create a sustainable, appropriate landscape while the enlargement of pathways and standing areas and installation of post and chain fencing sections will give visitors more room to explore and help alleviate soil compaction.

This new project is a significant part of the on-going process of preserving Boston’s historic burying grounds to counter the ravages of time, weather, and general wear and tear.

Article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of the Freedom Trail May Newsletter