Copp's Hill Burying Ground
Copp's Hill Burying Ground
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In preparation for the Battle of Bunker Hill, British soldiers used Copp's Hill gravestones for target practice.
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Neighbourhood: North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.
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  • North Station • 7 min walk
  • Haymarket • 8 min walk
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TravelingBum10
United States6,081 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We stumbled upon this cemetery while doing the trail. There were so many old headstones. Some you couldn’t even read the names.
Written 28 August 2023
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,612 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Located on the way to Charlestown, this peaceful cemetary is steeped in Boston's historic past. During the Revolution, the British troops used these gravestones for target practice. The grave markers and inscriptions are fascinating to read. The builder of the USS Constitution (Edmund Hartt) and founder of the black Masonic Order (Prince Hall) are interred here.
Written 29 January 2023
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY2,143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The last stop on the Freedom Trail before you go over the Bridge into Charlestown. This is one of the older cemeteries in Boston. Paul Newman the Old North Church Sexton who hung the lanterns is buried here. The Puritan ministers Increase and Cotton Mather are buried here as well. Supposedly the British used the headstones for target practice ahead of the battle of Bunker (Breed's) Hill
Written 17 December 2022
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Revatron
Kirkwall, UK455 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A really interesting look at the history of Boston. Reading grave stone inscriptions can be a facinating look into the past.
Written 14 November 2022
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Kelli
Keller, TX1,277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We wandered around the grounds here after breakfast, while waiting on the other stops along the freedom trail in the north end to open. It was cool to see how old some of the headstones were and learn about how people lived and died in the area. It’s quite a picturesque part of the city as well.
Written 25 October 2022
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kay-cee-1138
Houston, TX487 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Copp's Hill is the last stop on the Freedom Trail before heading north over the river to Charleston. Being away from the bustle of downtown, this cemetery seemed a bit more dignified and peaceful than some of the others earlier on the Trail, even as many of the old headstones are heavily weathered and tilted.
While there, look toward the north and, foliage permitting, you'll be able to see the USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young about a third of a mile away, across the river at the Navy Yard.
Written 23 October 2022
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The Copp's Hill Burying Ground (which is along the Freedom Trail) is a decent example of Colonial era cemeteries and how early Boston residents lived & died. In addition to all the headstones, there are historic markers explaining how headstone carvers made their living and the backgrounds of some of the early Boston residents. A useful brief stop if you're already walking along the Freedom Trail.
Written 19 September 2022
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I visited the Copp's Hill Burying Ground in November 2021 as part of doing the Freedom Trail from start to finish. This is the third cemetery on the Freedom Trail with the first two being the Granary Burying Ground and the King's Chapel Burial Ground. I think it is worth a quick stop to visit and take in the 360 view. It is on the way to Charlestown. Out of the three cemeteries on the Freedom Trail, the Granary Burying Ground is the most interesting because a lot of famous people are buried there. But the Copp's Hill Burying Ground has the best view. I would walk around for 10 minutes and then continue on with the Freedom Trail walking to Charlestown.
Written 6 December 2021
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wslin86
Oviedo, FL207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Beautiful, historic, convenient and cheap - what more can you ask for? This really is a necessary stop if you are doing anything historical in Boston.
Written 3 June 2021
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Lady Gigglemug
Monrovia, CA4,386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Business
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 of African descent that was also a poet. You can see the tomb of Cotton Mather, the Puritan minister that was a central figure of the Salem witch trials...very cool burying ground!

The headstones are remarkably beautiful - very Victorian gothic style! There are many other ancient historical internments here as well, but I did have some difficulties finding some of the graves as they’re very old and worn so it’s almost impossible to read a lot of them. Still, it’s very eerily beautiful and well kept.

It’s easy to find but parking can be a challenge...I think there’s some street parking but it was all full. I ended up parking in a garage a block away - was only there for an hour and it was an exorbitant $15!!! So be aware! Probably better to just walk it.
Written 28 October 2020
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