Copp's Hill Burying Ground

Cemetery, Historic Site
21 Hull St. (btwn Salem & Snow Hill)
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 635-7389

Tips

  • Dating from 1659, Copp's Hill was Bostons largest colonial burying ground. Cotton Mather of the Salem Witch Trials rests here, and the British used the hill during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.
  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground, located in the North End and just a short walk from the hotel, is the resting place for many of Boston's passionate preachers.
  • The oldest extant stones belong to the 2 grandsons of William Copp. He was the prior land owner who sold it to Boston in 1659 for creation of this graveyard. To find these stones & more in blog below.
  • 2nd oldest cemetery in Boston from 1659. Not originally part of Freedom Trail. Later added after many visitors "added it themselves." 80% of stones contain winged skulls. More info in blog below<LINK>
  • The grave of Robert Newman who lit signal lanterns at Old North is located here. Robert climbed the steeple while his mother held a dinner party below. To find this stone & more in blog below.<LINK>
  • The tall black granite monument of Prince Hall will naturally draw your attention. But who was Prince Hall? A former slave, Freemason and more. To find this stone & learn more in blog below.<LINK>
  • Find the stone of Captain Daniel Malcolm. British soldiers used this stone for target practice and the musket shots are still visible on the gravemarker. To find this stone & more in blog below.<LINK>
  • The welcoming grave of William Clark near the entrance describes this cheery individual as A Despiser of Sorry Persons and Little Actions. To find this stone & more in blog below.<LINK>
  • In 1704 seven pirates were hung here. Crowds gathered on the hill & surrounding boats to enjoy. These days Johnny Depp achieves a similar awe in theaters with his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • Established in 1659, this is the resting place of many famous early Americans, including numerous craftspeople, artisans, and merchants who lived in the North End during the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Take some artsy photos for your next album cover here.
  • Freedom trail stop
  • Really old graves. An important piece of USA's history.
  • Beautiful historic site.
  • Located along the Freedom Trail. Great views of the harbor.
  • Grave markers dating back to 1625! So much history. And the grave markers here are thin and leaning, like something from a scary movie.
  • Don't miss this Freedom trail highlight. Kids were blown away.
  • Boston's 2nd oldest burial ground containing the final resting place of around 10000 people.

Nearby places

193 Salem St (at Hull St)
Charlestown Navy Yard (at Constitution Rd)
31 Monument Sq