King’s Chapel and Burying Ground

Boston
MA

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Intended to be a church that would be the equal of any in England, Kings Chapel magnificent interior is now considered the finest example of Georgian church architecture in North America. It was completed by America’s first architect, Peter Harrison, in 1754. The original plans included a steeple, never built, and a colonnade, which was not completed until after the Revolutionary War. (Note that the exterior columns, while appearing to be in stone, are in fact painted wood.)

The Burying Ground is as old as Boston itself, and was its only burial place for nearly 30 years. John Winthrop, the first Governor of Massachusetts is buried there, as is Paul Revere. William Dawes, the other rider to Lexington and Concord, was also buried there, but his body was later moved (first to the Central Burying Ground then to Forest Hills Cemetery).

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The disarrayed condition of the colonies in 1764 — economies and societies in flux with changes wrought by war, governments trying simultaneously to adjust to international peace and cope with the effects of Indian insurrections — helps explain how the colonists reacted to British efforts to reform imperial relations.… But the single most significant factor was the depression that by 1764 had fastened a clammy grip on trade in every colony, and which would not fully release it until the decade had ended.

Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 - 1766 (2000)