Past Events

2017 Events

Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 1:00 PM – Spooner Family Walking Tour

Discover the tragedies and triumphs of one Plymouth family on this free walking tour of downtown, a collaboration between the Friends of Burial Hill and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. The tour will begin on Burial Hill; meet at the top of the brick steps leading up from First Parish Church in Town Square. After visiting the graves of members of the Spooner family, we will walk to the 1749 Spooner House Museum at 27 North Street for a special mini tour of rarely-displayed artifacts. Please note that due to the small size of the rooms in this historic home, tours will run on a first-come-first-served basis. Join us in the garden behind the Spooner House for refreshments after the tour.
For more information, contact Friends of Burial Hill at
or the Plymouth Antiquarian Society at and

2016 Events

Harvard On The Hill Walking Tour – Saturday, September 17, 2016  at 1:00PM

“Harvard on the Hill” – Join the Friends of Burial Hill for a walking tour led by local historian Peggy Baker. Peggy Baker,who retired as Director of the Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum in 2010, is currently a member of the research team for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants’ “Silver Books” genealogical project. Peggy introduces us  to a “Baker’s dozen” of colonial Harvard graduates buried on Burial Hill, including not only ministers, merchants, judges, and politicians, but also a sea captain, a physician, a gentleman farmer and one amiable failure.

Free to the public. No reservations required. Please wear appropriate footwear for stairs and slopes. We’ll meet at the top of the main staircase to Burial Hill, School Street, Town Square, Plymouth, MA

2015 Events

Return of the Dead – November 14, 2015 – Begins at 1PM

Join the Friends of Burial Hill for  a Civil War re-enactment of the 1864 funeral of three of Plymouth’s Civil War soldiers and the man who brought them home. Featuring the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Recreated and the Standish Guards Drum and Bugle Corps.

October 31, 2015 – Preservation in Progress

Self Guided Preservation Tour of Burial Hill – Tour sites of gravestone conservation and ground penetrating radar surveys. Learn about data collection,detection methods and preservation techniques. View a gravestone conservation demonstration.  Free to the public.

2014 Events

November 15, 2014 – Mourning: Trappings and Traditions

Event was held Saturday, November 15th at 1:00 pm. The Friends of Burial Hill commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with an enlightening presentation on mourning. Mourning: Trappings and Traditions will focus primarily on 19th century America when the practice of mourning was at its peak. Sample 19th century funerary baked goods, and enjoy hymns and patriotic tunes of the era.

October 25, 2014 – Third Annual Massachusetts Archaeology Month Event

Event was held Saturday, October 25th at 1:00 pm. The Friends of Burial Hill and principal archaeologist Craig Chartier of Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project are partnering once again for this event. Craig discussed his GPR survey findings and delved further into what lies beneath the surface of Burial Hill.

September 27, 2014 – Here Lies Buried

Backroads of the South Shore presented a “Here Lies Buried” bus tour of several South Shore cemeteries on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 9:45 am to 4:30 pm. Visit for more information.

On November 16, 2013 – the Friends of Burial Hill hosted – Return of the Dead-  A Civil War Re-enactment Honoring Four Plymouth Civil War Soldiers

The Friends of Burial Hill and the  22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Recreated invited the public to an event honoring “departed heroes” that originally occurred on Burial Hill on October 21, 1864.

As published in The Old Colony Memorial and Plymouth Rock October 1864:

Corporal Seth Paty arrived home in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Tuesday evening October 18,1864 with the bodies of Sergeant George Wadsworth and Corporals Thomas Collingwood and Thomas Hayden formerly of Company E of the 29th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. At the conclusion of church services for these men, a procession was led by members of Company E followed by family, friends and the community to their final resting place on Burial Hill.

The 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Re-enactors is “a progressively-minded living history group dedicated to a faithful portrayal of the common Union infantryman, with a specialty in representing the soldiers of the 22nd Massachusetts, Company D.”