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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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  • Graveyard always have a special atmosphere during the visit. As part of the Freedom Trail you should not miss this one. It's impressive to see. 
  • Worth the extra steps on the Freedom Trail. Very moving and lots of history on the information boards. 
  • Dating from 1660, the Copp's Hill Cemetery located on top of a hill is the second oldest of Boston. Thousands of artisans and merchants are buried here, and people come to see the gravestones and to enjoy the beautiful views of Charlestown and Boston Harbor.
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  • Spooky/fascinating/lonely and windswept. Several graves date back to the 1600s - in New York City, 1725 is rare - in an old-line commercial district that hardly seems to know the burying ground is literally "right around the corner." Typical Boston siting: you shift your gaze slightly and you're transported back centuries. Highly recommended.
  • Well preserved historical burying ground used between the 17th and 19th century
  • Another somber memorial. Perhaps I would have found it more interesting if I had walked the entire Freedom Trail and seem it in context.
  • Creepy and amazing. I'd never seen such old graves before... and you can just go and look at them. The grounds seem well maintained considering the huge flux of tourists.
  • Walking through history is always amazing. Used the Freedom Trail app for details on the site. Lots of pigeons roosting on a building next to cemetery. Freaked out my hubby when they clustered near us and then took of to circle around the cemetery before roosting again. It is definitely a hill.