Sunday, March 27, 2011

Jonathan Melven - Old Hill Burying Ground, concord, MA

Jonathan Melven (right)
"Here lies the Body of
Mr. Jonathan Melven
who died February 15th
1737 in the 49th Year
of his age.
Job XIV. 12
So man lieth down, and not
till the heavens be no more
they shall not awake nor be rallied
out of their sleep"

Friday, March 18, 2011

Henry David Thoreau jailed on this spot in Concord, Massachusetts

This marker, located next to Monument Square in Concord, reads:

"Henry David Thoreau was imprisoned for one night in a jail on this site, July, 1846 for refusing to recognize the right of the state to collect taxes from him in support of slavery - an episode made famous in his essay 'Civil Disobedience'."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Old Hill Burying Ground - Concord, MA

"On this hill
the Settlers of Concord
built their Meeting House
near which they were buried
on the southern slope of the ridge
were their Dwellings during
the first winter
below it they laid out
their first Road and
on the summit stood the
Liberty Pole of the Revolution"

On the hillside overlooking Concord’s Monument Square is the oldest of the three cemeteries, the Old Hill Burying Ground. Comprised of nearly 500 graves Old Hill was the original burying ground for Concord residents after securing their settlement in 1635 (although the earliest existing stone is dated 1677).

The entrance is from Monument Square through the gate between St. Bernard’s Church and the "brick-end" house. According to local history, the burying ground was located was on land that could not be farmed, and because of its height, it was the first area to thaw in the spring. This thawing allowed for early burial of those who died during the winter and waited silently for a place in the warm earth.

Of the nearly 500 burial markers in Old Hill, the oldest belongs to Joseph Merriam who died April 20, 1677.

Of interest, is the grave of Major John Buttrick who led the fight at the North Bridge and died 16 years later, on May 16, 1791. His son, buried in the same family plot, was at the bridge as a fifer. Old Hill also contains the graves of 40 other veterans of the Revolution.

For more information visit the Old Hill Burying Ground page on the Concord City website.