Birth of independence from England is said to have started in diferent buildings nearby, here the death of those who started it is remembered. Three signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here, as are the victims of the Boston Massacre, Ben Franklin's parents, and Paul Revere, who lived for another 43 years after his famous ride. James Otis and Samuel Adams, two very important Revolutionary War figures, are buried here. Peter Fanueil, responsible for building his famous market place and meeting hall, is buried here too.
Next to the burying ground is the Park Street Church, built in 1809 after the Massachusetts State House was erected on a hill nearby a few years earlier.