Old Burial Hill

Old Burial Hill, Marblehead

Old Burial Hill
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Historic Sites • Cemeteries
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One of New England's most scenic graveyards, it affords a view of Old Marblehead, the harbor, and the sea. It was established in 1638 at the site of Marblehead’s first meeting house and is the burial site of some 600 Revolutionary soldiers, most in unmarked graves.
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RedheadedWanderer
Brooklyn, NY134 contributions
Historic graveyard with a lovely view
May 2021
If you love history and old graveyards, I'd highly recommend stopping to visit Old Burial Hill in Marblehead. It's one of the oldest graveyards in New England, established in 1638. Many of the headstones are so old you can't read them or can barely read them, but many are fascinating. The view from the hill is quite lovely and overall, this is an incredibly peaceful place to walk and think about those who have come before.
Marblehead is a pretty small place in general and this is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, so there is not much parking at the foot of the hill. You'll need to climb some stairs (but not too many) and the ground itself in the cemetery is uneven, so wheelchairs could not access this and others with walking assistance devices might find this difficult to navigate. In general, please watch your step.
Written 3 June 2021
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Charliearuba
boston12 contributions
fascinating
Mar 2021
Seeing the Names and dates on the gravestones chronicling families history, then seeing the same names on houses as you strolled through the narrow streets was fascinating. A fascinating experience
Written 16 March 2021
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Tracieg
Memphis, TN115 contributions
Awesome to see, must visit
Dec 2019 • Solo
If you are a history buff and want to immerse yourself in the past, this is the place to do it. The graves here go back to the 1600’s , many are not even readable anymore. The ones that are give you a glimpse into the struggles that came along with being an early settler in our great country. I recommend taking white paper and charcoal to trace some of these. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for the stairs. Definitely not equipped for wheelchairs
Written 17 December 2019
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PetFriendly34
Redondo Beach, CA69 contributions
Nice Walk
Apr 2019 • Solo
I love to walk through with my dog. I keep her on lead so she does not go onto the graves themselves!
We show respect as we walk around reading the grave stones & looking at the beautiful ocean around Marblehead!
Written 10 December 2019
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carole b
Seaside, FL3 contributions
old burial hill
Oct 2019
very beautiful and historic, and if you're there on a nice sunny day check out the sailboat races on the pond!
Written 5 November 2019
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SandraA09
Jacksonville, FL126 contributions
Rife with history tucked away on a hill
Nov 2019 • Couples
A cemetery with Graves going back to the revolution. Picturesque setting to appreciate history, lots of interesting Graves markers coupled with walking paths and loamy grounds.
Written 31 October 2019
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srmorgan516
Johnston, IA121 contributions
Worth the drive
Oct 2019 • Family
We decided to drive to this location after a day in Salem. This cemetery was full of beautiful gravestones including those dating back to the revolutionary war. It was a stunning location and so rich in history. The kids searched for the area filmed in Hocus Pocus which they think they found! The town of Marblehead is truly a remarkable place. The streets and the homes were beautiful.
Written 23 October 2019
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Brake24
Bronx, NY210 contributions
What a Beautiful Place...
Oct 2019
Met a local at Fort Sewell who recommended we go here to take a look. So glad we did. It was a really beautiful place. Many of the gravestones you can no longer read at all, they are so old. We walked to Redds Pond, and that is so picturesque! One of the gravestones, said that there were 3 babies buried there. It was a very moving place. My young daughter was picking bouquets of wild flowers and placing them on certain sites to honor those who were there. There was also a very friendly goose who seemed to be watching over everybody. Make sure you stop here and take a look if you are in Marblehead.
Written 8 October 2019
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Helen W
Leicester, UK92 contributions
Very interesting site
Sep 2019 • Couples
Worth a visit to get a taste of the history of Marblehead and the families who settled there. Family names that reappear generation after generation, such as Knight.
Written 1 October 2019
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Barb H
Providence, RI14 contributions
A lot of history.
Jul 2019
View is great. Not really handicap friends a few stairs to climb but once you are there. Very special, and alot of history going back to 1600 -1700 + hundreds. Read the sayings on the head stones See ages of the many who died. Very special place .
Written 14 September 2019
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