Central Burying Ground

Cemetery in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Dating to 1756, the Central Burying Ground is the least celebrated of the old ceme­teries, as it was the burial ground of the down-and-out (according to one account, used for ‘Roman Catholics and strangers dying in the town’). Some reports indicate that it contains an unmarked mass grave for British soldiers who died in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The most recognized name here is the artist-in-residence, Gilbert Stuart. Sometimes called the ‘Father of American Portraiture,’ Stuart painted the portrait of George Washington that now graces the dollar bill.


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