Hancock Cemetery

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Hancock Cemetery
Hancock Cemetery.jpg
Stones in the cemetery
Hancock Cemetery is located in Massachusetts
Hancock Cemetery
Hancock Cemetery is located in the United States
Hancock Cemetery
LocationHancock St. in Quincy Sq., Quincy, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°15′1″N 71°0′14″W / 42.25028°N 71.00389°W / 42.25028; -71.00389Coordinates: 42°15′1″N 71°0′14″W / 42.25028°N 71.00389°W / 42.25028; -71.00389
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
NRHP reference #82004421[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 28, 1982
Entry gate

Hancock Cemetery is a historic cemetery on Hancock Street in Quincy Square, across the street from the United First Parish Church in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. It is named after Reverend John Hancock (1702–1744), father of Founding Father John Hancock.[2]

The cemetery was founded c. 1640 (the date of the earliest documented graves), and is the only tangible remainder of the early settlement of the area.[3] It was the resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their wives, Abigail Adams and Louisa Adams (respectively), before they were moved to the crypt in the United First Parish Church.[2]

The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

The cemetery markers and graves have recently been digitized on Google Maps and Google Earth.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "Quincy's Historic Hancock Cemetery". Quincy Historical Society. 2002. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  3. ^ "NRHP nomination for Hancock Cemetery". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-06-02.