“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Related Historical Markers

Take a tour of the markers found in Copp’s Hill Burying Ground.
Marker on Boston's Freedom Trail image, Touch for more information
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
Marker on Boston's Freedom Trail
1Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Copp’s Hill Burying GroundFreedom Trail
Stroll round among the graves . . . lean on the free stone slab which lies over the bones of the Mathers . . . read the epitaph of stout William Clark, ‘Despiser of Sorry Persons and little Action’ . . . stand by the stone grave of sturdy Daniel . . . Map (db m18073) HM
2Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Welcome to Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
About the Burying Ground Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is the second oldest cemetery in Boston. In 1659, town officials became concerned about overcrowding at the Central Burying Ground (now called King’s Chapel Burying Ground on Tremont Street.) . . . Map (db m18898) HM
3Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Gravestone Art: Skulls, Wings, and Other Symbols
Most of the gravestones in Copp’s Hill Burying Ground are upright stone markers placed before 1825. The quality and complexity of the carving depended on the skill of the carver and the budget of the person buying the memorial. The majority of the . . . Map (db m18934) HM
4Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Copp’s Hill and the American Revolution
In the 18th century, Copp’s Hill was higher than it stands today. On April 23, 1775, just a few days after the battles of Lexington and Concord, British Admiral Samuel Graves received General Gage’s permission to construct a redoubt on Copp’s Hill . . . Map (db m18867) HM
5Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — African Americans at Copp’s Hill
The first mention of Africans arriving in Boston is in Governor John Winthrop’s diary entry of February 26, 1638, in which he states: “Mr. Peirce, in the Salem Ship, the Desire, returned from the West Indies . . . and brought some . . . Map (db m21011) HM
6Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Seventeenth Century Copp’s Hill
The Kennebec Raid Captain Thomas Lake (1615-1676) (C-143) was born in Tetney, County Lincoln, England in 1615 and settled in Boston in the 1650s. He and his partner, Thomas Clarke, set up trading posts in Maine, including one at Arrowsic Island . . . Map (db m18899) HM
7Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — From Colonial Burying Ground to Victorian Park
When Copp’s Hill was first established as the “North Burying Ground,” it was just below the summit of one of Boston’s highest hills. Looking north over the colonial wharves one could see the towns of Charleston and Chelsea and the . . . Map (db m18901) HM
8Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Copp's Hill Burying Ground
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 . . . Map (db m145070) HM
9Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — The Mathers
Several generations of great 17th and 18th century New England divines are buried here. Increase (1639-1723), the father; Cotton (1663-1728), the son; and Samuel Mather (1706-1785) the grandson, belonged to a remarkable family of ministers. At a . . . Map (db m18976) HM
10Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Unusual Gravestones
Fascinating people from Boston’s history lie in this burying ground. Look to the left for the double Worthylake gravestone, dating from 1718. Worthylake was the first keeper of the Boston Light. He and his wife and daughter drowned as they rowed to . . . Map (db m18977) HM
Jan. 26, 2022