Jul 242017
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In a city nearly four hundred years old – troubled with war, murderers, strife and the occasional bout of stray molasses, it is hardly any wonder that Boston remains one of the most haunted cities in America and stories of the glory days of Colonial Boston only scratch the surface of Boston’s darker side. Boston has found itself plagued with some of history’s most nefarious figures – The Boston Strangler, Jolly Jane, Dr. John Webster, Cotton Mather, amongst a slew of other assorted characters. If you want to hear all about Boston’s dark history, the Ghost & Gravestones Tour is the place to hear about all of it.

Explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

I took this fun trolley tour in Boston a few years ago with my husband, but I recently had a chance to take it again with him, my sister and brother in law. Our tour guide was Ashton Burns and we really enjoyed the stories that he told us. Ashton was not only just great a storyteller, but he was also well-informed and ready to answer any questions asked of him. There were a few tours out that night and all of the guides are dressed up AND in character! As I mentioned, Ashton was our guide and sadly, all of the pictures I took of him came out blurry, but he was great and really authentic. The other guide out that night was Betty and our group met up with their group in one of the cemeteries we visited.

Explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

Betty, the tour guide

Hear all about Boston’s darker side on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour!

On the Ghosts & Gravestones tour, you will learn about Boston’s most haunted hotel: The Omni Parker House. As you pass by, you’ll hear stories of the hotels most bizarre and permanent tenants. You will also hear the gruesome story of the Boston Strangler, and see where his final victim breathed her last breath. The city proper is not the only source of stories here. Boston Harbor played a pivotal role in the formation and daily life – and death – of Boston citizens. With drowning being an occupational hazard of a sailor’s life, the Harbor is home to many a dark tale of death in freezing waters.

Explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

Also on the tour, you will get to walk amongst the dead in burying grounds that is nearly four hundred years old! This tour includes exclusive nighttime access into two of Boston’s oldest burying grounds. You will hear stories of those whose mortal remains lie beneath your feet, and listen to tales of many of the sordid practices that went along with them. Then venture to the site of the biggest grave-robbing scandal in New England’s history. Plus you’ll also visit Boston’s largest unmarked burying ground and hear tales of the tortures, punishments and executions that took place there.

Copps Hill Burying Ground
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is the second oldest burial ground in Boston and was founded in 1659. Named after shoemaker William Copp, this historic cemetery in the North End is the final resting place of many merchants, artisans and freed slaves. Well-known colonists, Cotton and Increase Mather, are buried here along with Robert Newman, who hung the lanterns for the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.

Explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

Granary Burying Ground
Located on Tremont Street, the Granary Burying Ground is the final resting place of some of America’s most important historical figures. Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere are among the famed patriots who are buried here, along with the family of Benjamin Franklin, several Massachusetts Governors and the victims of the Boston Massacre. But many who visit this ancient burial ground don’t do so just to view the headstones of famous Americans. It’s also to discover if the stories are true – do the spirits of the dead haunt these hallowed grounds?

Explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

King’s Chapel Burying Ground
The oldest burying ground within the confines of downtown Boston; this is the final resting place of many of Boston’s first inhabitants. Here you may peer inside a decrepit charnel house which contains the jumbled bones of hundreds of forgotten souls and learn of Ephraim Littlefield and his shocking black-market body trading scandal of the Victorian era. Or perhaps you will hear the tale of King’s Chapel’s Strangers Tomb and the ghost who haunts it.

* Please note: each tour will visit 2 of the following 3 burying grounds: Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, The Granary Burying Ground and King’s Chapel Burying Ground.

Explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

Granary Burial Ground

This tour is Seasonal and runs March 30 through mid-November. March 30 – May 17: Thursday – Sunday, but there are limited tour times so be sure to call for times. May 18 – mid-November: the tour runs 7 nights a week and tours depart at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm. Other tour times may be available due to demand and time of the season, so check with them about that.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Just give them a call at (866) 754-9136 to reserve your spot.

Explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

The Ghosts & Gravestones tour lasts for approximately 90 minutes and it may not be suitable for children under 13 years of age. Due to the loud noises on the tour, children under the age of 6 are not allowed on-board.

Ghost tours run rain or shine and the tour runs on dark and stormy nights! Comfortable shoes are recommended so that you don’t become dead on your feet during the two twenty-minute walking portions.

If you want to explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead, book a spot on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

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  60 Responses to “The Ghosts & Gravestones Tour is a Must-Do in Boston”

  1. That sounds like so much fun! We have a tour like this in our area, and we’ve been on it several times. It’s such cool and creepy experience.

  2. Ghost tours are the best! I’ve been on several of them, and they’re always fun. I haven’t actually seen any ghosts yet, but I’m not giving up!

  3. Omg me and my husband always try and do something for Halloween ever since we met. We normally go to NH but this is a must go to. Definitely something we will be doing.

  4. This looks like so much fun! Visiting Boston with my pooch is on my bucket list. I wonder if this tour is dog-friendly. Thanks!

  5. oh my gosh! not sure if I could do it. lol. I would be scared but a fun idea to keep in mind when we head to Boston. If I find the courage

  6. Wow, this is a tour right up my alley and it would surely be hair-raising and one-of-a-kind. It’s nice that guides are also in character to add to the scary feel.

  7. I have heard of this tour before and thought it would be fun to go on sometime. We have one much closer to us and they do a really great job. Halloween is so much fun.

  8. Oh my gosh–what a blast this tour looks like–so up our alley. Looks like you had a fun and scary time. We are traveling to Boston in the fall-and I will have to keep this in mind–thanks!

  9. That looks like it was a lot of fun! I cannot do scary because I freak out so easily, but I have a couple of friends that love stuff like this.

  10. I’m a Boston girl, but have never done this tour. It’s on my “to do” list sometime for sure. Love exploring the city in different ways!

  11. I get spooked pretty easy so I’m pretty sure this would keep me up for days! My husband would love this though. I hope we have the opportunity to visit Boston in the next couple years!

  12. I LOVE me a good ghost tour! One of these days I’ll get to Boston, so adding this to my bucket list while I’m there! I’ve heard it’s a beautiful city!

  13. I love a good ghost tour. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love all things spooky and eerie. I would love to take this tour.

  14. This sounds like so much fun! I would love to do this with one of my friends, she loves ghosts stories and it would be a blast to do with her

    • I have a friend who is obsessed with ghost stories and hauntings. I would love to take her with me on this too!

  15. I have always wanted to visit boston, it looks like such a great place to visit with all the lovely views.

  16. Haha how creepy and fun! I bet it would be super fun to go on Halloween! I might be too scared to go on Halloween now that I think about it… I wish they have the tour in broad daylight when it’s not too spooky lol.

  17. Now this sounds like a tour I would really enjoy, I love finding out about the history as well as the spooky side of places.

  18. The Ghost & Gravestones Tour sounds super interesting! I have been to Boston only once and had time only to do the walking Freedom Trail tour with my family.

  19. This looks seriously creepy! I’m that friend who’d close their eyes when a trailer for a scary movie comes on so I don’t think I’d go on this tour (call me chicken but hey I am lol!!). But my friends will have a hoot!

  20. It would be so fun to take this tour with my daughter. I think we’d love hearing some of the stories! It seems like they do a good job setting a spooky mode!

  21. I would love to go to Boston. I have friends that live there and I really should make it happen. Looks like you had fun at the Ghosts & Gravestones Tour. Thanks for sharing.

  22. What a cool tour! I love ghost tours and visiting haunted places and burying grounds, so this would be something I would love to do.

  23. Okay, NOPE. I would not be able to do something like this, LOL. I can’t even do haunted houses or anything. The best I can do is haunted mansion at Disneyland! Haha..

  24. Would love to go to Boston someday. My cousin lives there and he has been asking us to visit him for long.

  25. this sounds so cool, I would so love to do something like this. I am gonna tell my brother the goes to school there and I should be visiting sometime today.

  26. This looks so much fun. We’ve never done a city tour. How cool to live in an area that offers them.

  27. I have never been on a ghost tour because I get scared very easily, especially knowing that all of the stories are true. This would be a perfect tour during Halloween time.

  28. This looks like fun. I’ve never been on any kind of ghost tour, but have always wanted to do one. I just have to find someone who’s not chicken enough to it with me, haha.

  29. I would just love to take a ghost graveyard tour. That would be so much fun!

  30. That sounds interesting, I bet my oldest would really enjoy it. I’ve always wanted to spend some time in Boston.

  31. We were just up in New England. This would have been a fun date night.

  32. Wow this sounds fun. I’ve been on a similar tour in New Orleans.

  33. This is so something my husband would love. I am a total scaredy cat but I still think i would love this!

  34. This haunted tour sounds pretty rad! I am not a hardcore fan of the supernatural but it’s exciting to go on tours such as this one. I think it’s really interesting because you get to learn about the history as well.

  35. I have never been on a ghost tour but this sounds like a lot of fun. I think my kids would really enjoy a tour like this.

  36. Boston is one of my favorite cities to visit!! I would love to do a ghost tour, although I’m a big baby!

  37. Now that is a tour I would absolutely love to take! I’ve never been much of a tour type of girl, preferring to just explore on my own, but I’m all about the ghosts and graveyards!

  38. O my! I am chicken sh$$ but this looks fun and interesting. Although I may never go back to sleep afterwards….haha

  39. This Ghosts & Gravestones Tour does sound very interesting. I am sure we would want to visit and experience when we are in Boston. It looks so eerie! 🙂

  40. Wow this looks like a lot of fun! I have always wanted to go to Boston and explore the city! One day I will!

  41. I would definitely do this! I love scary things. I can’t wait to plan a trip to Boston. I’ve always wanted to go.

  42. Boston reminds me of my kids, they have a funny way of saying the word lol. I would like to take my children there someday.

  43. Oh i love tis!! I have never been to Boston but I would love to!

  44. We have something similar in our town here in Albuquerque, NM and I’ve never been on it because its always sold out! It’s a trolley takes you to all the ghost location hotspots around downtown and it sounds like so much fun! I would definitely check this out if I’m ever in the area

  45. Ya know it’s going to be good if it has an age restriction. 😉 We visited a ghost tour in Edinburgh once, in the dark on foot and through a graveyard, a dungeon and an underground hideout. 🙂

  46. I would pee in my pants if I was on this tour. OMG. Sorry, this is not my kind of fun. I had an unforgettable experience as a child (I saw a glowing figure in my grandmother’s backyard) and the thought of it still gives me the chills. I will let my friends know about this. They may be interested to take the tour.

  47. I loved Boston so much! It really is one of my favorite cities. I never did do this tour though. Maybe next time!

  48. That looks a good tour, especially if you’re into ghosts and gravestones. I’ve never been on one like that.

  49. The Ghost & Gravestones Tour sounds like a whole lot of fun! I’ve only driven through Boston, but if I ever get to visit, I would love to go on that tour.

  50. ooo this looks interesting!! I have a couple of friends who would love this! Halloween all year round

  51. I am so wanting to go on one of these spooky type tours. The big town next to us just started one and I cannot wait to check it out.

  52. I love visiting Boston and I have never done this tour! I am adding it to my list for my next visit. Thanks!

  53. This looks so cool! I love tours like this and it’s been years since I’ve been to Boston. Now I want to book a trip asap!

  54. I had no idea how many haunted spots there are in Boston! I’ve been to Granary, but only during the summer. This would be a super fun stop on a New England autumn road trip!

  55. Wow I’m a huge fan of tours just like these! This must be a great place to visit during Halloween!

  56. I’ve never been to boston, but this is something I’ll have to add to my to-do list if I ever make a visit.

  57. This looks like it would be so much fun. I have never made it to Boston but have always wanted to.

  58. This tour sounds SO totally spooky! Will have to check it out next time we are visiting Boston!

  59. Im not going to lie I am scared of ghost tours. i have friends who always try to make me go but I dunno…