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Tombstones sit dilapidated at the Granary Burial Ground in Boston. (bbcamericangirl/Flickr)
Tombstones sit dilapidated at the Granary Burial Ground in Boston. (bbcamericangirl/Flickr)

At 351 years old, the Granary Burying Ground — the resting place of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock, among other Founding Fathers -- is in rough shape. Erosion, lack of sunlight, and the 1.3 million people that visit the grounds each year have left tombstones withered, pathways crumbled and grass dying.

At a ceremony Monday, the Freedom Trail Foundation presented a $100,000 check to Mayor Tom Menino and Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak to begin renovations on the burying ground. The paths will be widened, a chain-link fence will be installed and the tree canopy will be reduced.

Landscape work on the Granary Burying Grounds will begin at the end of this month, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer.

This segment aired on May 24, 2011.

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