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“Great Place to go for History!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Burial Hill

Old Burial Hill
Marblehead, MA 01945
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Marblehead
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Outdoors
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Owner description: One of New England's most scenic graveyards, it affords a view of Old Marblehead, the harbor, and the sea. It was established in 1638 at the site of Marblehead’s first meeting house and is the burial site of some 600 Revolutionary soldiers, most in unmarked graves.
Salem, Massachusetts
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“Great Place to go for History!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Grave headstones go way back in time with famous names. Worth a stroll and see old headstones.There is parking down the hill.

Visited May 2014
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English first
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“Oh, Them Bones....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

One of the highlights of visiting an historic village in New England like Marblehead, is strolling through the local graveyard to acknowledge the ancestors who first tread upon the very same hallowed ground. Old Burial Hill is not only one of the oldest, historic resting places in New England, with Mary Lattimer's stone dating to 1681; but also, it is a remarkable landscape and prospect, with amazing views of the town's local rooftops, the bucolic Redd's Pond and the not-so-distant Atlantic Ocean.

Although rubbings of the old head or footstones is discouraged, if you are seeking a baby name, it can be interesting to take account of common names, both family and first, found here. Familar names, such as Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth, Sarah and Anne; or John, Samuel, Daniel, William and James; or even more extraordinary monikers, like Deliverance, Rebekah, Elias, Thaddeus and Hezikiah, of the long-gone souls are carefully inscribed in stone. Ponder Julian versus Gregorian dates of death, or check out the artful decorative elements and simple symbolism, carved on the marble and slate, including icons such as winged death's heads, hourglasses and scythes, or willows and urns -- all are equally worthy past times.

Here, you may pay homage to lost fishermen, first ministers, or sea captains, like Captn James Mugford and his crew of the Franklin, who captured a British munitions ship; or Revolutionary War Hero General John Glover; or Marblehead resident, Wilmot "Mammy" Redd, who was hanged as a witch in Salem. Or, just sit and contemplate your own mortality for a while, sheltered in the picturesque hilltop gazebo:

"Behold & see, as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now, so you must by,
Prepare for Death, and follow me."

[from tombstone of William Seal, 1797.]

Visited October 2013
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“Beyond words.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

All that I can really say is that this site is the most beautiful, breathtaking, magical sites that I have ever been to in my life. We went on a gray and windy November morning. There were leaves fluttering about the beautiful historic tombstones, and the view of the harbor, sea, and rooftops is beyond description. What a profoundly wonderful piece of history.

Visited November 2013
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“War of Independence History Walk in Marblehead”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Old Burial Hill is part of a fascinating area on the New England coast stay a few days enjoy the walking and exploring. Great eateries and coffee lovely people who live in homes built in the time of pirates, the first congress and the battles for independence.

Visited May 2013
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“Really neat if your close by.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Take the time to read some of the headstones and the markers at the top of the hill. Picaresque cemetery with beautifully carved stones paint a picture of hard times of life in the area 300 plus years ago. Awesome views.

Visited September 2013
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