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Copp's Hill Burying Ground

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Address: Corner of Snow Hill and Hull Streets, Boston, MA 02118
Phone Number: 617-635-4505
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In preparation for the Battle of Bunker Hill, British soldiers used Copp's...

In preparation for the Battle of Bunker Hill, British soldiers used Copp's Hill gravestones for target practice.

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Historic cemetery

If you are following the Freedom Trail, you will come across this cemetery. It is right up the street from the Old North Church in the historic north end of Boston. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 7, 2015
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Abingdon, Maryland

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Abingdon, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

If you are following the Freedom Trail, you will come across this cemetery. It is right up the street from the Old North Church in the historic north end of Boston. It was established in 1659, making it the second oldest burying ground. It covers 4 acres. It is named for William Copp who once owned the land. Most of... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Cops Hill is a very important site, not just as an artillery site for the British but as burial site of Cotton Mather, Robert Newman (he put the lanterns in the steeple of Old North Church for Paul Revere's midnight ride), and many important black Americans. It is a great site to visit and see the resting place of patriots... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

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... More 

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I live in the neighborhood... and often see people that were not aware the cemetery closes at sundown. So be sure to build that into your plan for the day. When you do come here, take the time to walk around and look at those small details like really old gravestones. If you have time, do a little research on... More 

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Marina del Rey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

OK, headstones have been moved around over the centuries and the grounds have been impacted by the revolution, but it has some amazing artifacts. Plus, on a nice sunny day, the grounds are very pleasant with some ancient trees and unique views. It’s also not crowded and a nice respite. If you are from an area of the country where... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

What a lovely burial ground facing Boston Harbor with many shade trees and benches. Very serene and peaceful. Nice place to rest after hiking uphill from the North End on the Freedom Trail. Bullet holes on some grave stones from centuries ago. Nice walking trail through cemetery and some head stones were easy to read with quaint epitaph's.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I can't not stop at a cemetery when one is presented to me so it was worth stopping at for a few minutes, no startling monuments but typical for it's vintage.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This is one of the points of interest on the Freedom Trail. It is an interesting place to casually walk around reading the tombstones and other signs depicting the background of the graveyard.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Take a few minutes while you're in the North End and visit Copp's Hill. To see the graves from centuries ago in such a beautiful and peaceful setting is really something. Look up who's buried here beforehand so you can go in with some background. Overlooks the water and is a really nice historic cemetery.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Well preserved for the dates of the tombstones. Able to read most of them from the 1700's. Pleasant setting. Definitely worth a look while walking the freedom train.

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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.