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Plymouth in Plymouth County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Burial Hill

 
 
Burial Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Wilson, January 8, 2011
1. Burial Hill Marker
Inscription. The hill before you has been used for the burials by Plymouth residents since the 1620s. The first English settlers (known as "The Pilgrims") built their first fort/meeting house here.

Here, Mayflower passengers are buried including Governor William Bradford and William & Mary Brewster. The last burial took place in 1957.

The earliest grave markers were of carved wood, and do not survive today. Stone markers were likely used starting in the mid-seventeenth century. Today, the oldest known stone on Burial Hill is that of Edward Gray,. 1681.

These early stone markers are valuable historic documents, and many are irreplaceable works of folk art. As you walk through Burial Hill, please remember that this is historic and sacred ground, which deserves care and respect. Many stone have a better chance of survival if they are not touched. We appreciate your cooperation.

The cemetery is closed from dusk till dawn each day
 
Location. 41° 57.343′ N, 70° 39.903′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in Plymouth County. Marker is on School Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manomet MA 02345, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexander Scammell (within shouting distance of
Burial Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Wilson, January 8, 2011
2. Burial Hill Marker
this marker); Tercentenary Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); The Town House of Plymouth (within shouting distance of this marker); 1630-1930 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cole’s Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Bradford (approx. 0.2 miles away); Plymouth Waterfront (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leyden Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
 
More about this marker. This sign is at the entrance to Burial Hill on Town Square, adjacent to the historic First Parish Church. The steps lead up the hill where the oldest graves are and the location of the first fort built here.
 
Regarding Burial Hill. Some of the famous interments here include:

Mary Allerton, Pilgrim, last surviving passenger
William Bradford, Pilgrim, Governor
John Howland, Pilgrim
Adoniram Judson, Christian missionary to Asia
Thomas Prence, Colonial Governor
Zabdiel Sampson, Congressman
James Warren, Patriot leader
Mercy Otis Warren,
Burial Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Wilson, January 8, 2011
3. Burial Hill Marker
author
William Brewster (Pilgrim), Church Elder
Squanto, Patuxet guide and interpreter (unmarked grave)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial Era
 
Burial Hill - Bradford Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Larry Wilson, January 8, 2011
4. Burial Hill - Bradford Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2014, by Larry Wilson of Wareham, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 23, 2014, by Larry Wilson of Wareham, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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