Did You Know the Oldest Known Cemetery in America is in New England?
As a lover of all things history, this writer loves living in one of the most historic parts of the country.
But these places are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our region's past. There are countless centuries-old homes, churches, and other structures that may not be national landmarks, but still stand today and remind us of times which now exist only in the pages of history.
Another example is cemeteries. If you've spent any amount of time in New England, you've likely driven past or strolled through burial grounds dating back hundreds of years. Yours truly has walked through many an old cemetery, sometimes trying to read the practically illegible headstone inscriptions.
But of these many cemeteries, there's one that's not only the oldest in New England, but nationwide.
According to Yankee Magazine, the 1.5-acre Myles Standish Burial Ground in Duxbury, Massachusetts, is the oldest maintained cemetery in the United States. The cemetery was named after Captain Myles Standish (1584-1656), a military leader of the Plymouth colony who's buried there alongside other Pilgrims who journeyed to the US aboard the Mayflower.
Given that Massachusetts is one of the oldest states in the country (and the site of the first Pilgrim settlement, Plymouth), it's no surprise that the Bay State is home to the oldest graveyard in the country. Nonetheless, it's still fascinating to learn about our area's rich history, and those who came before us.
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