Central Burying Ground

Beacon Hill & Boston Common

The Central Burying Ground is one of the city's oldest cemeteries, but it was a less prestigious resting place, used for Catholics, outsiders and British soldiers. The most recognized name here is the artist-in-residence, Gilbert Stuart, also known as the ‘Father of American Portraiture.’

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1. Parkman Bandstand

0.11 MILES

Dating to 1912, Parkman Bandstand is now used for concerts, rallies and other events.

2. Boston Massacre Monument

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Paying tribute to the five victims of the Boston Massacre, this 25ft memorial replicates Paul Revere’s famous engraving of the tragic event.

3. Boston Common

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4. Soldiers & Sailors Monument

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5. Great Elm Site

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6. Statue of George Washington

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At the main (Arlington St) entrance to the Public Garden, visitors are met by a statue of George Washington mounted nobly on his horse.

7. Make Way for Ducklings Statue

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8. Arlington Street Church

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The first public building erected in Back Bay in 1861, this graceful church features extraordinary Tiffany windows and 16 bells in its steeple. The church…