Dating to about 1646, two years after English colonists from Plymouth settled Eastham, this gravesite was established to house the dead. The burial site houses dozens of the dead from the early years of the town of Eastham, in the Nauset region of Cape Cod. To this day, the graveyard still houses the resting sites of many early settlers, including three of the original Mayflower voyagers. The site is on the National Register of Historical Places, being added on May 12, 1999.
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.