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Stop 13: Copp's Hill Burying Ground


This famous burying ground carries the epitaphs of many residents of Boston's historical past. From artisans and ministers to carpenters and freemasons, this burying ground was the second to be built here in the North End in 1659. It's had to expand in size multiple times since it was first established.


The cemetery was named after Willliam Copp, who was a local shoemaker. Among those laid to rest here include ministers Cotton and Increase Mather, and colonists who hung the lantern's signal during Paul Revere's Midnight Ride.


The hill is one of the tallest in the city, and once it was settled by the English, (Who settled on the land of the Algonquian tribe) a windmill was built upon it. The hill was also used during the Revolutionary War for training. Today, it stands as a vantage point in the North End boasting views of the Zakim bridge and the Financial District.

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