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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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  • This largest burying ground in Boston is located on the Freedom Trail in the North End and next to the Old North Church. It is named after a shoe maker...William Copp and has existed since 1659. The S...  read more »
  • This was the 3rd stop on the graveyards so we didn't feel like walking it as much so we just looked in. 
  • Very interesting stop along the way with very old tombstones and tombs of early residents of Boston. Most interesting is the arrangement of the tombstones and the decoration: skull and cross bones, sk...  read more »
  • 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.
  • As a tourist who know s little about this part of American history, it is a normal cementry. However, by reading the tomb words, you can feel visiting someone born/dead 3 hundred years ago. I would recommend traveler to visit this place.
  • Such an awesome historical place. Graves dated back into the 1600's are found here. True revolutionists are burried here.
  • Another stop on our self guided foot tour. Just love reading about the history in Boston. Check it out.
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