Cove Burying Ground
Backstory and Context
The oldest cemetery in Eastham, dating back to 1646, this burial ground houses several colonists who all perished during the early days of the country’s history, predating even the French and Indian Wars and the American Revolution. Three of the original passengers from the Mayflower’s voyage to the new world are housed here.
Over the years, townhouses have been constructed in the area, but each one has been closed over time, in favor of using a more modern town hall. Cove Burying Ground served as the state’s only gravesite until 1720 and remained in used until 1770. Nowadays, the burying site remains an important part of the area’s cultural history and serves as a grim reminder of how far we’ve come since colonization.
Cove Burying Ground.
Wikipedia. January 31, 2017. Accessed October 10, 2018.
Cove Burying Ground Handout. Cape Cod Gravestones. n d. Accessed October 10, 2018. http://www.capecodgravestones.com/covehand.html.