Recently, Chris and I took a walk through Burial Hill, which is a historic cemetery in Plymouth, MA. On Burial Hill. several Mayflower passengers are buried including Governor William Bradford and William & Mary Brewster. Plymouth residents have been burying their dead on Burial Hill since the 1620’s and last burial there took place in 1957.
Burial Hill is actually an amazing place to spend an afternoon. Despite the fact that it’s a grave yard, some of the old stone are just plain gorgeous -not to mention that the view of Plymouth Harbor from up on the hill are amazing.
This is what the main entrance to the cemetery looks like:
Here are some of the pictures I took while I was inside the cemetery:
Here are a few of the graves that caught my eye. Sadly, so many of them have worn down over time and can no longer be read.
This is the grave of James Warren, a Revolutionary War Continental Major General, who died in 1808:
Here are a couple of other ones that were interesting:
And this right here breaks my heart:
But the broken headstone doesn’t break my heart anywhere near as much as the litter and vandalism we came across while we were walking around the cemetery.
I get that kids sneak up there and drink at night, but to leave bags of empty beer bottles on the ground (right on the staircase by the entrance) and spray paint the map that’s intended for tourists is just plain despicable.
As a side note, a company called Colonial Lantern Tours runs an amazing Haunted Lantern tour up on Burial Hill from April through October. I’ve done the tour at least a dozen times and have been itching to go again soon – so if you are in the area, be sure to spend some time up on the hill during the day and then go back for the ghost tour.