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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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Description: 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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Resting place of the Mathers

In the beautiful location of North End, it is a slice of history. The Mather burial vault is here (the infamous witch trial instigators, father and son, Increase and Cotton... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The most significant people buried here, from my viewpoint, were the man who hung out the lanterns for Paul Revere, and the Mathers family. The most interesting features of this place is that the Brits used it as a site to launch cannonballs into Charlestown early in the Revolutionary War. Not my fave stop on the Freedom Trail.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

In the beautiful location of North End, it is a slice of history. The Mather burial vault is here (the infamous witch trial instigators, father and son, Increase and Cotton Mather), and seeing tombstones from 300 years ago at the birth of our nation is awe-inspiring. There are over 2000 tombstones, but estimated to be over 11,000 bodies buried in... More 

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I always have mixed feeling about wandering around historic cemeteries. Sure it contains a lot of history but it still is the last resting place of many people. This one is a lot like many of the other historic cemeteries and is well kept. It has a variety of stones and markers. Overall if historic cemeteries are your thing then... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Went to find some specific markers of distant relatives. It was a bit confusing as to the actual layout although the website gives letter and number marker locations the cemetery it's self offers little help as to the actual locations.

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Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Wonderfully preserved in it's style of stones and epitaphs. Most are highly readable. So many interesting sayings, and such a testimony to the faith of our early Americans. Hard to dispute that we are a Christian nation when you read the testimony of these tombstones! All part of the Freedom Trail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Beautiful, historic cemetery very close to everything! It's free to enter and roam around, and there are even a few places to sit under enormous shade trees and take in all the history!

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This was a short walk, uphill, from the Old North Church. It is across the street from the 10 ft. wide house. This is the burial ground for Cotton Mather, Edmund Hartt, Robert Newman, and Daniel Malcom. It is easy to see how the British used some of the headstones for target practice.

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Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

While walking the Freedom Trail we came across Copp's Hill Burying Ground. It's another, amazing cemetery gem! Being from Utah, I don't get to see old, like Boston old. The tombstones, many from the mid 1600's, are still readable, hard but you can make out the inscriptions. Some are to far gone and have deteriorated but it is a beautiful... More 

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Middlebury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Full of historical burials. You are able to learn so much about the early Americans and the stories from this sacred place.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We went here because it was on the freedom trail. I would skip it. It is an old graveyard. The granary burying ground was where the famous people are buried. The British did have a battery up there during the war.

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