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Plymouth’s Historic Burial Hill: History & Beauty Rolled into One

Burial Hill sign

Old Burial Hill is a historic cemetery located in Plymouth, Massachusetts with gravestones dating back to the 1600’s. It is the final resting place of several Pilgrims, including Governor William Bradford and Mary Allerton, the last surviving passenger of the Mayflower. It is located on Leyden Street, which is the oldest street in Plymouth and supposedly the oldest in America. If you are at all a history buff, Burial Hill and Plymouth in general is guaranteed to be one fantastic time!

Many of the gravestones are so weathered (made of carved wood) that you can’t even read them anymore. In fact, many are broken in half! The oldest gravestone of Edward Gray dates back all the back to 1681! Old Burial Hill is built high on a hill overlooking Plymouth Harbor. I am not a fan of cemeteries, nor am I a big history buff, but the views were amazing! However, I am a fan of ghost stories, and Burial Hill does not disappoint in this department! Burial Hill is reportedly one of the most haunted places in all of New England, which is really not surprising considering its’ status as one of the country’s oldest cemeteries. The Plymouth Night Tour is an awesome year-round ghost tour which will take you through the cemetery (as well as other spooky sites in town) while using real life ghost hunting equipment!

View of Plymouth Harbor

Ocean view from burial hill

Old gravestones

Burial Hill - old gravestones

Grave of Major William Bradford

Major William Bradford grave - Burial Hill

Oldest grave – Edward Grave, 1681

Edward Gray - oldest grave, 1681

Site of the 1st fort, 1620

Site of the 1st fort

1st Parish Church

1st Parish Church

Have you ever visited Burial Hill? What is the oldest cemetery you have ever visited?

There are many wonderful attractions in Plymouth, including a ghost tour that walks through this very cemetery (at night if you can handle that!). Visit my Ghost Hunting in Plymouth post to read about my experience tracking ghosts at Burial Hill. Also be sure to check out my 5 Things to do in Plymouth County post for more ideas on area activities. You can never have enough activities planned 🙂

Burial Hill
School Street
Plymouth, Massachusetts



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