Burial Hill Cemetery
Burial Hill is on the National Register of Historic Places. From the height of land, you have a scenic view of Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth Long Beach, Clark's Island and Duxbury.
The hill has been used for burials by Plmyouth residents since the 1620s. The first English settlers (known as "The Pilgrims") built their first fort/meeting house here.
Mayflower passengers are buried here, including Govenor William Bradford and William & Mary Brewster. The last burial took place in 1957.
The earliest grave markers were of carved wood, and do not survive today. Stone markers were likely used starting in the mid-seventeenth century. Today, the oldest known stone on Burial Hill is that of Edward Gray, 1681. These early stone markers are valuable historic documents, and many are irreplaceable works of folk art. As you walk through Burial Hill, please remember that this is historic and sacred ground, which deserves care and respect. Many stones have a better chance of survival if they are not touched. We appreciate your cooperation.