IWALKED BOSTON’S KING’S CHAPEL BURYING GROUND – JOHN WINTHROP GRAVE
Overview of King’s Chapel Burying Ground: King’s Chapel is Boston’s oldest cemetery established in 1630. You may read more about the cemetery here.
How to find this grave: Enter the graveyard and take the path to the left. Make the 1st left and the Winthrop grave will be the large tomb on your left.
What you’ll see at the John Winthrop Grave: This rather large tomb is to commemorate the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop. Winthrop actually served as governor twelve times over a twenty year period from 1630-1649. In Colonial times, governors only served one year periods. John served his twelve years over a series of four discrete stages.
He was a hugely influential man and his journals of early Colonial life continue to be one of the primary sources of our historical understanding of life as it existed back then. John Winthrop is another individual whom Nathaniel Hawthorne references in his book, The Scarlet Letter, where the governor makes a brief appearance. (See the nearby Elizabeth Pain’s grave, also within King’s Chapel Burying Ground, for the inspiration of Hawthorne’s novel).
The site of John Winthrop’s former home may be visited on nearby Washington Street here.
Address: 58 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (Address is approximate)
IWalked Audio Tours To See This Site: Boston’s North Downtown; Boston’s Crimes & Haunts Tour. (Purchase the MP3 tour here. iPhone application tour is available here. Please note, all Boston tours are now available as in-app purchases upon download of our FREEBoston Lite application, which includes a free 1 hour tour of a portion of Downtown.)