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.
|Venue name:||King's Chapel & Burying Ground||Contact:|
58 Tremont Street
at School Street
|Opening hours:||Open Chapel 10am-4pm Mon-Sat; 1.30-4pm Sun. Burying Ground 9am-4pm daily.|
|Transport:||Gov't Center T .|