Boston’s oldest-standing church was built in 1723. Originally named Christ Church, its claim to fame began on the evening of April 18, 1775. That’s when church sexton Robert Newman and Capt. John Pulling, Jr., climbed to the steeple and held two lanterns to signal Paul Revere the British were heading to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land, as documented in the famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
For history buffs, the Granary Burying Ground is a must see stop on the Freedom Trail Boston. The historic cemetery, located on Tremont Street, was founded in 1660 and is the third-oldest cemetery in Boston.
Granary is the final resting place for over 5,000 Bostonians. The picturesque appearance of the burying ground is filled with many trees, winding paths, graves and somber tombs.
Some of America’s most notable citizens of the American Revolution lay at the cemetery, including Paul Revere and Samuel Adams, as well as five victims of the Boston Massacre, John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine.