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Property Name Old Burial Hill
Reference Number 13000582
State Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Town Plymouth
Street Address Church Street, School Street, South Russell Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/7/2013
Areas of Significance Art, Exploration and Settlement, Landscape Architecture, Social History
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Burial Hill, located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, derives significance from its age, location, and patterns of use from 1620 to the present. It was an integral part of the Plymouth village established by the Mayflower passengers in 1620, and the site of the Pilgrim fort from 1620 to 1676. When the fort was no longer needed for defensive purposes, Burial Hill became Plymouth's primary burial ground and remained an active burial place for nearly 300 years. It has a collection of approximately 2,269 well-preserved headstones and monuments dating from 1681 to 1957. Burial Hill meets National Register Criteria A and C and Consideration D at the local, state, and national levels.


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