Did You Know Revolutionary War Soldiers Are Buried at the Arboretum?

The memorial to Capt. John Baker, who died in 1781, at Walter Street Burial Ground in the Arnold Arboretum.

Chris Helms

The memorial to Capt. John Baker, who died in 1781, at Walter Street Burial Ground in the Arnold Arboretum.

In honor of Memorial Day, the graves of a historic burial ground at the Arnold Arboretum have been adorned with U.S. flags. The Walter Street Burying Ground may not be well known, even to frequent visitors of the park.

A church once stood atop Peters Hill, according to a brief history on the city’s Web site. It had a cemetery behind it for early settlers.

The soldiers were originally buried at what was then the Loring House after a smallpox breakout. Today it’s known as the Loring-Greenough House, right across from the Monument. Their remains were disinterred and moved in the 1850s, according to a Walter Marx story in the Jamaica Plain Citizen.

If you’d like to visit the burial ground, it’s just below Peters Hill toward Walter Street. Here’s a map.

  • rb

    This is such a cool little cemetery.