King’s Chapel & Burying Ground

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King's Chapel
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Although the original King's Chapel—a small wooden structure—was built in the 1680s, the present one was designed by America's first architect, Peter Harrison, in 1754. The church was built on a plot of land excised from the cemetery next door after a decree from King James II (restive Bostonians were reluctant to comply with his order that land be sold at a fair price so a church could be founded to foist Anglicanism on the colonies, so the cemetery land was the only option). The burial ground is the city's oldest; eminent Bostonians who've found their final resting place here include Mary Chilton, the first woman to step off the Mayflower; John Winthrop, former governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and Elizabeth Pain, said to be the model for the persecuted Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.

By: Time Out contributors


Venue name: King’s Chapel & Burying Ground
Address: 58 Tremont St
Cross street: School St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4:30pm; Sun 1:30-5pm
Transport: Green Line to Gov't Center
Price: Admission free.
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