The Mayor's Blue Ribbon Cemetery Committee of Portsmouth, New Hampshire


The Portsmouth Cemetery Committee cares and maintains the follwing cemeteries in Portsmouth NH:

North Cemetery - est. 1753
Located on Maplewood Avenue
Established in 1753 on land purchased from John Hart and is the second oldest burying ground in the city. Many historically significant people for the state of New Hampshire and the Revolutionary War rest here including General William Whipple (a friend of George Washington and General during the Revolutionary War), Hall Jackson, Prince Whipple, and Governor John Langdon.
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Pleasant Street Cemetery
- est. 1754
Located on Pleasant Street. This small cemetery contains many sea captains and privateers from Portsmouth's extensive maritime history.
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Point of Graves - est. 1671

Established in 1671 on land deeded to the town by Capt. John Pickering. Located on Mechanic Street next to the Prescott Park planting beds and overlooking the Piscataqua River. No gravestones survivied previous to 1682 because Capt. Pickering's cattle was allowed to continue grazing among the gravestones after the burying ground was established.

It contains some of the finest examples of early gravestone artistry by many Massachusetts sculptors including Bostonians William Mumford, a Quaker; Nathaniel Emmes; John Homer; and the carver known only by his initials “JN” (possibly the silversmith John Noyes). Other carvers include brothers Caleb and Nathaniel Lamson and possibly their father and mentor, Joseph, of Charlestown; James Foster of Dorchester; and John Hartshorne and Joseph Mullicken of Haverhill.

*Download a self-guiding tour brochure of the highlights of this burying ground in PDF Format

Point of Graves Tour Color Brochure
Point of Graves Tour Black & White Brochure

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Union Cemetery - est. 1847

Although formally established in 1847, there are a few burials that date back twenty years before. The formal design of rectangular plots, park setting and central path shows the beginning evolution from unorganized burying grounds to formal cemeteries. The use of white marble and limestone and more monumental and greecian influenced gravestones contrasts the neighboring North Cemetery, with is slate and Puritan influence. Some of its inhabitants include wealthy shipping merchants and ship builders who's shipyards and mansions were once located in this area on the North Mill Pond. Located on Maplewood Avenue to the right of the North Cemetery.
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