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Copp's Hill Burying Ground
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Owner description: In preparation for the Battle of Bunker Hill, British soldiers used Copp's Hill gravestones for target practice.
Reviewed October 28, 2011

Finding about the tombstones pictures and who was buried there was interesting. Makes you stop and think about the past. This was the first stop on the freedom trail after leaving our hotel.

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Reviewed September 11, 2011

Just up the road/hill from the Old North Church, you will find Copps Hill Burying Ground. It's Boston's second oldest burying ground founded in 1659 and was named after shoemaker William Copp who once owned the land. It has a lovely view over Boston and it's in an extremely quiet neighbourhood. There are many residential houses looking over the plot, which gives it a lovely peaceful feeling.
Numerous artisans, craftspeople, and merchants are buried here. Additionally, thousands of African Americans who lived in the "New Guinea" community at the base of Copp's Hill are buried in unmarked graves on the Snowhill Street side. More well known people buried here are the Mather family of ministers; shipyard owner Edmund Hartt; Robert Newman, Shem Drowne, Prince Hall, the anti-slavery activist.
If you're walking the freedom trail and are in the area then definitely stop by.

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Reviewed August 8, 2010

Established in 1659, Copp's Hill Burying Ground contains thousands of graves including Cotton Mather, Increase Mather, and Robert Newton, the patriot who carried the two lanterns up into the spire of Old North Church to signal Paul Revere in 1775. There are also many unmarked graves of African Americans who lived in the nearby "New Guinea" community.

The cemetery is a peaceful spot filled with interesting gravestones and placards pointing out notable personages buried there. Prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill, the British used this location to train their artillery on patriot forces. They also used the stones for target practice. Bullet holes can still be seen in many of the gravestones.

The view is wonderful and includes the U.S.S. Constitution and Bunker Hill. Don't forget to check out the skinny house across the street, Boston's narrowest house at just 10' 4" wide.

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Reviewed January 20, 2002

Finishing up on a genealogical search for my g-g-g-grandfather, Isaac Dupee, I located his burying place as Copp's Hill Burying Ground. Isaac Dupee built the largest, most elaborate monument in the park in 1846 and was buried there is 1850. Isaac inherited the land from his g-g-grandfather, Walter Goodridge who purchased the lot in 1772. I am trying to find our who else may be buried in this site.

The web sites on the historic burying grounds are well depicted, but it would be helpful if there were some notice of where one might locate a list of people buried in these graveyards/cemeteries.

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