Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston

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Copp's Hill Burying Ground is a historic cemetery in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts. Established in 1659, it was originally named "North Burying Ground", and was the city's second cemetery.HistoryThe cemetery was founded on February 20, 1659, when the town bought land on Copp's Hill from John Baker and Daniel Turell to start the "North Burying Ground". Now named "Copp's Hill Burying Ground" (although often referred to as "Copp's Hill Burial Ground"), it is the second oldest cemetery in Boston (second only to the King's Chapel Burying Ground founded in 1630). It contains more than 1200 marked graves, including the remains of various notable Bostonians from the colonial era into the 1850s.The first extension was made on January 7, 1708 when the town bought additional land from Judge Samuel Sewall and his wife Hannah. The land was part of a pasture which Mrs. Sewall had inherited from her father, John Hull, master of the mint.Benjamin Weld and his wife Nabby sold the second extension to the town for $10,000 on December 18, 1809 soon after they had bought it from Jonathan Merry, who had used it as pasture. Ten years later, Charles Wells, later mayor of Boston, bought a small parcel of land from John Bishop of Medford and used this as a cemetery that was later merged with the adjacent North Burying Ground. Because of this complicated history, it is no longer possible to discern the original boundaries of the cemetery.
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  • Spent about 15 minutes wondering around this quaint cemetery. The place is small but very peaceful. So much history there ave the second oldest cemetery in Boston.  more »
  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground is certainly worth the stop when Walking The Freedom Trail. It was originally named "North Burying Ground", and was the city's second cemetery. It contains more than 1200 ma...  more »
  • This cemetery probably has the oldest graves in the city (1661) and is not visited as much as Granary is. I happened to go by it on my last day in Boston so I took the time to look around. There are a...  more »
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  • Small and not overrun by people, Copp's is a peaceful cemetery that is also one of Boston's oldest. There is a lot of history behind it. Look at the retaining wall and see if you notice a line of mortar running along it (northeast side I believe). That is where they had to patch it after the wall collapsed and soil and bodies flooded into the streets!
  • Lots of history at this burial ground. Definitely do your research before visiting so as to find the interesting well known people buried here and download maps to find their gravestones. Lots of scavenger hunting happening here. Many of these gravestones are so old that the writing is barely visible. Cotton Mather is buried here and he dates back to the Salem Witch Trials. Go to YELP for better reviews and photos. It's easier to upload multiple photos there.
  • Fascinating cemetery. It's unexpectedly located right in a neighborhood in Boston's "North End." Most of the barely legible gravestones date back to the 1700's, and some to the late 1600's. It is open daily.
  • One of Boston’s oldest burial grounds, Copp’s Hill has a lot of old Victorian and colonial graves in various states of beautiful decay.
  • Great historical spot. Well maintained. Lots of things to see, read, and research. On the small side but very quiet and unassuming.

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