Saturday, March 7, 2009

Copp's Hill Terrace and Park, Boston, MA

The next image in the banner is a photo of Copp's Hill Terrace gate. It began as an exercise in composition - a study of perspective, the Rule of Thirds, framing and diagonals. I was looking to digitally capture basic photographic elements.

Then I stepped back to appreciate how much there is to enjoy in the historic North End of Boston, one of the oldest cities in the US.

This terrace overlooks Copp's Hill Burying Ground, dating back to the early British colonial days of the 1660s. It is the 2nd cemetery built in Boston, and holds many historic residents including Cotton Mather (Salem Witch Trial fame), and Robert Newman, who hung the lanterns in the Old North Church the night of Paul Revere's ride.

The burial ground is a destination for history buffs who wander through its thousands of tombstones. Buried here are veterans of the battle of Bunker Hill, free Black folks and slaves, as well as hundreds of others whose grave markers have vanished or deteriorated over the centuries.

Copp's Hill Terrace and Park is located on Copp's Hill between Commercial and Charter streets west of Jackson Place. It is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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