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 is a lovely old cemetary. It has a variety of people; upper, mid, lower class, African Americans, kids and grandparents. The signing around the cemetary give you the major historical points and f...  more »
  • The place was considered strategic from 1630 as from there you could see the port and the Charles River. One of its owners Williams Copp gives it the current name. This mr.'s children are buried there. Also many African-Americans have their final rest in that place.
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  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground is the second oldest burial ground in Boston and one of three open cemeteries you can visit as part of the Freedom Trail. This one located just north of the Old North Church, situated before you cross the bridge over to Charlestown. Opening Hours are 9-5pm. The grounds are well kept and there are quite a few old headstones to see. There are fewer notable figures buried here compared to the cemetery at King's Chapel and the Old Granary Burial Ground but some famous figures can be found here including Robert Newman, the man who hung the light in the Old North Church steeple during the famous ride of Paul Revere. Worth a quick look-see during visits to the Freedom Trail attractions and then you can be on your way to other sightseeing endeavours in the area.
  • Small but beautiful. This historic cemetery is now surrounded by tall buildings but was once a wide open area with a great view of the surrounding water.

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