"the old church-yard of King’s Chapel"

King's Chapel and Burying Ground (c.1907-15)
Creative Commons AttributionKing's Chapel and Burying Ground (c.1907-15) - Credit: Boston Public Library
King’s Chapel was founded by Royal Governor Edmund Andros in 1686. The first Episcopalian church in New England, its establishment was ordered by James II to ensure the Church of England had an American presence. However, because no resident would sell land to support the religion from which they had fled, the king’s representatives were forced to build the chapel on the Burying Ground. Hawthorne perhaps intends the reader to see a parallel between this instance of religious intolerance and social banishment, and that which befalls Hester.