Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston

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    Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston
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    Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston
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    Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston
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    Copp's Hill Burying Ground

    by CEP1863 Written Oct 25, 2013

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    Having visited here in the dark on the Ghouls and Gravestones tour we returned to the cemetery when following the Freedom Trail. Many of the original gravestones from this cemetery are now missing as they were used to build the foundations of some of the houses surrounding the cemetery. On some of the gravestones there is more than one name as they were taken and used as gravestones on the graves of others.

    Notable names buried in this cemetery include Prince Hall, a free black man who founded the African Freemasonary Order, Cotton Mather a fire and brimstone Puritan preacher who had an influential role in the Salem Witch Trials and Robert Newman, the sexton who hung the lanterns on the night of Paul Revere's midnight ride. There is also the gravestone of a Captain Malcolm, a vocal partriot and smuggler of tea and wine whose grave bears the marks of British musket balls and the triple headed grave of the Worthylakes, Boston's first lighthouse keeper who drowned along with his wife and daughter when returning to the lighthouse.

    The cemetery is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm . Overall a stop off on the Freedom Trail that it well worth visiting.

    Copp's Hill Burying Ground The Worthylake Grave The damaged grave of Captain Daniel Malcolm
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    Copp's Hill Burying Ground

    by antistar Written May 26, 2013

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    The graveyard in North End is not the resting place of as many great people as its companion downtown, and was only recently added to the Freedom Trail. It's not even the oldest burial ground, as that honor goes to King's Chapel. But what it lacks in famous names, it makes up for in location. Just past the Old North Church the graveyard has dramatic views overlooking the harbour and Charlestown. It's popular with stroller, photographers and visitors alike.

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    Copp's Hill Burying Ground

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jul 9, 2009

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    Copp's Hill Burying Ground is the second oldest burying ground in the city, founded in 1659. The small cemetery has thousands of graves, including a few of notable local citizens such as Increase Mather and Cotton Mather of Salem Witch Trial infamy and Robert Newman, who placed the lanterns in the Old North Church for Paul Revere's midnight ride.

    From the burying ground, one of the most visible landmarks is the steeple of Old North Church, just a stone's throw away.

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    Old Time Cemetery

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 17, 2008

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    Copp's Hill Burial ground was first known and used in 1660. Named after a shoe maker, he must have died with his "boots" on, or maybe shoes? The gravestones I saw are from that era, and around mid 1700's to 1860's. They stones are still well preserved.

    Tombstone of the cemetery history Grave stones still prominent Stones form the past
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    Copp's Hill Burying Ground

    by jasperdo Updated Jun 17, 2006

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    Of all the historic cemeteries in Boston, my favorite is Copp's Hill Burying Ground. I think it's the most atmospheric one, located of a foggy, windswept hillside overlooking Boston Harbor. You won't find anyone famous here. If you're looking for Paul Revere or John Hancock, go the Granary Burial Ground near Boston Common. At Copp's Hill you'll find the more common people of Boston, and looking over the grave stones will tell you a lot about their lives.

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    by zChris Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    Long the North End's treasured tiny open space, Copp's Hill Burying Ground is home to the gravesites of many of th city's earliest inhabitants as well as more recent ones. The cemetary has beautiful sweping views over the harbour and was used by North Enders to watch the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill unfold in nearby Charlestown. The British eventually mounted long-range cannons on its heights and used its tombs for target practice until they were forced out of the city. Many of the graves here are well over 200 years old.

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    Copp's Hill Burial Ground

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Copp's Hill Burial Ground (1659).

    Boston's 2nd oldest burying ground.
    Shoemaker William Copp once owned the land.
    Final resting place of thousands of artisans, craftmen & merchants.

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