Gravestone Epitaphs & Iconography

Due to public health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be presented virtually. 

Remember me as you pass by

One of the great delights of wandering through old burying grounds is encountering unexpected epitaphs and intricately carved designs on gravestones. What do winged skulls, urns, and sheaves of wheat symbolize? How do visual images and verses convey long-departed Plymoutheans’ religious beliefs and attitudes toward death?

Tune in to a live stream on our Facebook page with Dr. Anne Mason, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. This mini tour will start promptly at 1 p.m. on Saturday and last about 30 minutes. You do not have to be a Facebook member to view the video on our page and it will be available for viewing after the live broadcast ends.

At any time before or after the live event, view a series of short videos exploring the meaning of gravestone carvings and epitaphs on Burial Hill. The videos and photographs of these remarkable stone artifacts will be available on our website here.

If you have any questions about accessing these resources, please email or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill: History in Progress is a free program presented by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society in collaboration with the Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum. This series of themed history expeditions on Burial Hill, one of America’s oldest and most significant burying grounds, is usually offered on the first Saturday of every month. In-person 2020 tours are suspended until further notice.