King's Chapel & Burying Ground
Lonely Planet review for King's Chapel & Burying Ground
Bostonians were not pleased when the original Anglican church was erected on this site in 1688. (Remember, it was the Anglicans – the Church of England – whom the Puritans were fl eeing.) The granite chapel standing today was built in 1754, while the adjacent burying ground is the oldest in the city.
King’s Chapel features some unusual architectural features, or non-features as it were. Most notably, funds ran out before a spire could be added. So if the church seems to be missing something, it is. The chapel houses the largest bell ever made by Paul Revere, as well as a historic organ.
Request a brochure to take a self-guided tour of the church’s architectural and historical highlights. In addition to the selfguided tour, visitors are invited on the Bells & Bones tour, which ascends into the bell tower to admire Paul Revere’s work and descends into the crypt to wander among 250-year-old remains.
Besides the bi-weekly services (Wednesday and Sunday), recitals are held here every week (Tuesday at 12:15pm).
The church was built on a corner of the city cemetery because the Puritans refused to allow the Anglicans to use any other land. As a result, these are some of the city’s oldest headstones, including one that dates to 1623. Famous graves include John Winthrop, the first governor of the fledgling Massachusetts Bay Colony; William Dawes, who rode with Paul Revere; and Mary Chilton, the first European woman to set foot in Plymouth.