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Historic Neighborhood Photo: Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Photo courtesy of City Planning Board photographs, Boston Landmarks Commission image collection, Collection #5210.004, City of Boston Archives, Boston

We all know that the North End is full of history… well this week’s photo of Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is a visual representation of that past. It was founded in 1659 and during that time over 10,000 merchants, artisans, craft people, and slaves were buried here, making it the largest colonial burying ground in Boston.

The cemetery is located on Charter Street and offers panoramic views of the city. During the days of the revolution, it is rumored that British troops used this vantage point to train their cannons and also used the gravestones for target practice.

Today, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is the second oldest cemetery in Boston. King’s Chapel Burying Ground on Tremont Street is just a bit older, as it was founded in 1630.

Tune in on Thursday’s to view our featured neighborhood photo from back in the day! Submit your historical photos by tagging @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling about your photo.

See past historic neighborhood photo posts.

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