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The cemetery has 2,345 grave-markers, but historians estimate that as many as 5,000 people are buried in it.
Officials from the City of Boston announced in May, 2011 a $300,000 refurbishment project designed to repair and restore the historic site, including widening paths in the cemetery and providing new observation sites.The first major improvement was undertaken in 1830, when a number of trees were planted around the grounds.The property was improved again in 1840 by the construction of an iron fence on Tremont Street.The fence was designed by Boston architect Isaiah Rogers at a cost of $5,000, half paid by the city and half by public subscription.In January 2009, a previously unknown crypt was discovered when a tourist on a self-guided tour through the cemetery fell through the ground into what appeared to be a stairway leading to a crypt.Boone and his wife were ancestors of Founding Fathers Edward Rutledge and John Rutledge.
He was elected to the Grand Council during the 1680s but was removed twice because he illegally dealt in Indian slaves, associated with pirates, and concealed stolen goods.
The stairway had been covered with a piece of slate which eventually gave way due to advanced age.
(The tourist was not hurt, nor did she come into contact with any human remains.) The crypt is reported to be 8 by 12 feet and is structurally intact.
The Granary Burying Ground in Massachusetts is the city of Boston's third-oldest cemetery, founded in 1660 and located on Tremont Street.
It is the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots, including Paul Revere, the five victims of the Boston Massacre, and three signers of the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine.
The Burying Ground was originally part of the Boston Common, which then encompassed the entire block.