Coles Hill Burial Ground, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA


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Latitude: 41.95733, Longitude: -70.66240

Cemetery Photos

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Coles Hill Burial Ground Memorial
Coles Hill Burial Ground Memorial
 
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Memorial to Burial of Plymouth Settlers
Memorial to Burial of Plymouth Settlers
Cemetery notes and/or description:
Cole's Hill Cemetery is located on the top of the hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, on Leyden Street. Our Pilgrim ancestors' first winter in Plymouth proved deadly, with half of the colony dying of sickness. They were afraid of burying the dead openly, as it would alert the Indians to how weak the colony was and possibly provoke an attack. In order to prevent this, they buried their dead in secrecy at Cole's Hill in Plymouth. 
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Memorial to Mayflower Company Deceased
Memorial to Mayflower Company Deceased
The inscription on the Sarcophagus reads:

Here under cover of darkness the fast dwindling company laid their dead, leveling the earth above them lest the Indians should learn how many were their graves. Reader, history records no nobler venture for faith and freedom than that of this pilgrim band. In weariness and painfulness in watchings often in hunger and cold, they laid the foundations of a state wherein every man through countless ages should have liberty to worship God in his own way. May their example inspire thee to do thy part in perpetuating and spreading the lofty ideals of our Republic throughout the world. 

Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Coles Hill Burial Ground Memorial - Carver Street
Coles Hill Burial Ground Memorial - Carver Street
 
    Constance Hopkins (d. 25 Oct 1677)
Stephen Hopkins (d. Between 6 Jun and 17 Jul 1644)