Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!! Thanks to everyone for checking out my blog this year :)

Burial Hill is a beautiful old cemetery high on a hill overlooking Plymouth Harbor. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in America, with gravestones dating back to the 1680's. Several Mayflower passengers are buried there including John Howland, William Bradford, and Squanto.

The first Pilgrim burial ground was on nearby Cole's Hill in 1620-21. Originally, the Pilgrims constructed a fort on top of Burial Hill in 1621-22 (a reconstruction exists in nearby Plimoth Plantation). The Burial Hill fort also served as a meeting house for the colony and for First Parish Church in Plymouth until 1677.

The variety of funerary art spans three centuries.

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