Located at the heart of downtown Plymouth, Burial Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ fort, the Hill has been used as a burying ground since the 17th century. Over 2,000 headstones and monuments dating from 1681 to 1957 survive, providing records of the lives of Plymoutheans across three centuries.
Below you will find links to the virtual resources created during the COVID-19 pandemic as alternatives to the in-person tours of this historic graveyard usually offered on the first Saturday of the month.
Tales of the Sea
Executive Director Anne Mason shares stories of Plymoutheans’ experiences at sea during a tour of Burial Hill on April 4, 2020, featuring an in-depth look at the Holmes family plot. Learn more…
“Remember me as you pass by”: Gravestone Epitaphs & Iconography
In this five-part video series Executive Director Anne Mason provides an introduction to popular 18th- and 19th-century gravestone motifs visible on Burial Hill. Carved symbols and inscriptions reveal religious beliefs, cultural attitudes, and perspectives on death. She continues exploring this theme during a tour of Plymouth’s Oak Grove Cemetery on May 2, 2020. This cemetery, located off of Summer Street, was created as a “rural cemetery” in the 1840s. Learn more…
Sing through History
Sing the songs of Plymouth’s past with Executive Director Anne Mason in this webinar, recorded on June 4, 2020. Discover local history through music and see hidden treasures from the Antiquarian Society’s archival collection. Learn more…
Learn more about Burial Hill’s gravestones using these free online resources:
- Bradford Kingman, Epitaphs from Burial Hill (1892): Digital copy available at Internet Archive
- Benjamin Drew, Burial Hill: Its Monuments and Gravestones (1894): Digital copy available at Internet Archive
- Barbara J. Bradford Robinson, Howard E. Robinson & Cynthia L. Robinson, Burial Hill in the 1990s (Plymouth Public Library Corporation, 2000): Digital copy available at Internet Archive
- Friends of Burial Hill Gravestone Surveys: Online database
- Town of Plymouth Cemetery Burial Record Search: Online database