The last thing we did tonight was a ghost lantern tour of Burial Hill above Plymouth, which we had walked through earlier in the day (when the stones were readable.) Burials began in the pilgrim's time (1620s) and continued until 1957. You will see stones commemorating people who died elsewhere, such as shipwreck victims, memorials to Pilgrim ancestors who aren't actually buried there and to a few who are (William Bradford and John Howland), and markers for service in various wars, including the Revolutionary War. Stones are in various stages of repair and you can see in one picture a preservation technique in which the original stone is encased in a harder material. Burial Hill overlooks the harbor and the site of the original meetinghouse/church was built.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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