Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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.

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  • This is Boston’s we one burying ground and holds the tombs of the Mather family! Not to mention some very prominent African American tombs as well, such as Phyllis Wheatley, the first published woman....  more »
  • Here the story is truly carved in stone. So many people and hints of their lives lie at the top of Copp’s Hill. Just walking along it’s paths allows you to feel the past. So many stones, both upright....  more »
  • A graveyard that is extremely popular for tourists to stop at on their way down the Freedom Trail. Several famous figures are buried here particularly those that impacted the American Revolution. There is typically a fair number of people here but not so many that it would ruin ones experience. It is not maintained super well however and there is a lack of seating anywhere and no public restrooms for a long while just so people are aware. I highly recommend this to people who have an appreciation for history, and those who made it. This is not a place for kids or teenagers, neither group would have an appreciation for the history and for some reason those at the burial ground gave annoyed looks at us while there for having teenagers who were just trying to take in the history.
  • It’s possible I don’t appreciate history enough to care for this stop along the freedom trail but it was a burial site along the freedom trail. No public bathrooms or staff. We listened in on a few tours to learn a thing or two but other than that just walked around for a bit and then left. Nice views of old North church on the way back down the hill.

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