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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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  • I've walked here with friends when we wanted to talk but had nothing specific to discuss. My last 'walk' was with a vegan friend who was a personal trainer from a Christian high school. We wanted to t...  more »
  • Great historical spot. Well maintained. Lots of things to see, read, and research. On the small side but very quiet and unassuming.  more »
  • I do like to visit graveyards and this one did not disappoint me! It's part of the freedom trail! It quite interesting to read the stories on the many plaques there!  more »
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  • Great historical spot. Well maintained. Lots of things to see, read, and research. On the small side but very quiet and unassuming.
  • Good stop on the historic trail. Majority of the markers are dated in the 1700s. We stumbled across Robert Newman's marker which is interesting to see the amount of tribute he receives to this day.
  • So much history here, with great views of the bay, and right in the middle of a very active neighborhood.
  • 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.
  • Quite an interesting place with a unique atmosphere to it, both quiet and charged with history.