King's Chapel

King's Chapel and Burying Ground

King's Chapel, designed by Peter Harrison, was constructed on land taken from the burying ground. To insure the presence of the Church of England in America, King James II ordered an Anglican parish to be built in Boston. Since none of the colonists were interested in selling suitable land for the Church, the King ordered Governor Andros to seize a corner of the burying ground for the Church of England.

King's Chapel Burying Ground is the oldest burying place in Boston proper. The burying ground is the final resting place for many colonists, including John Winthrop, the Colony's 12 term governor; Hezekiah Usher, the colony's first printer; Mary Chilton, the first woman to step off the Mayflower.

Site Information
LocationCorner of Tremont and School Street
HoursOpen Daily 9AM - 5PM
ToursSelf-Guided; or provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation


Encouraged Donations to Chapel: Groups donate $3/person (minimum $25 per group), Groups of 25+ donate $1/person


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