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Copp's Hill Burying Ground

 
 
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October 4, 2008
1. Copp's Hill Burying Ground Marker
Inscription. In the 1630s, the northern-most slope of the Shawmut Peninsula (or Boston) was a prominent landmark. Settlers soon discovered its strategic overlook of the Harbor and of the Charles River to the west and found the steep hillock well-protected from the “three great annoyances, of Woolves, Rattle-snakes and Musketos.” The settlers first built a wind-powered grinding mill here and called the slope, Windmill Hill. Later it was known as Snowhill and finally Copp's Hill.

William Copp, after whom the hill and burying ground are named, was a cobbler who once owned the land here. The gravestones of his children, buried in the 1660s, are still here at the hill's crest. Other settlerrs were buried nearby when the Town bought the site in 1659 and called it the North Burying Ground. Over the years, three sections were added to the original, although today they appear as one.

During the occupation of Boston, British troops manned a battery at Copp's Hill and rained fire onto nearby Charlestown during the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775.
 
Location. 42° 22.024′ N, 71° 3.365′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached from Hull Street. Click for map. Coordinates provided are for the cemetery
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By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
2. Marker in Copp's Hill Burying Ground
entrance. The marker is within the cemetery grounds, near Charter Street. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02113, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Copp’s Hill Burying Ground (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Copp’s Hill Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); Gravestone Art: Skulls, Wings, and Other Symbols (a few steps from this marker); Tombs and Monuments (a few steps from this marker); From Colonial Burying Ground to Victorian Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Copp’s Hill and the American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Unusual Gravestones (within shouting distance of this marker); Seventeenth Century Copp’s Hill (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Boston.
 
More about this marker. Copp's Hill Burying Ground is a stop along Boston's Freedom Trail.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers found in Copp’s Hill Burying Ground.
 
Also see . . .
1. Copps Hill Burying Ground. ... the second burying ground established in Boston in 1660. (Submitted on October 8, 2008.)
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By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
3. Copp's Hill Burying Ground
Gravestones in North Boston's Copp's Hill Burying Ground.
 

2. Copp's Hill Burying Ground is a stop along Boston's Freedom Trail. (Submitted on October 8, 2008.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
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