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Point of Graves Cemetery

The Point of Graves Burial Ground lies opposite Prescott Park, on the south side of Mechanic Street, just before the Pierce Island Bridge. The burial ground originated in 1669 when John Pickering, who had owned much of Portsmouth’s South End died, and was buried by his son, Captain John Pickering II, on the half-acre piece of land. The site was donated to the city two years later as an official burial ground under the stipulation that the Pickering family cattle would be permitted to graze on the site. The cemetery is home to many spirits; the subjects of local legend who are still believed to roam the grounds. New England Curiosities offers seasonal walking tours featuring the folklore and ghost stories of Point of Graves, as well as other historic sites around Portsmouth. the subjects of local legend who are still believed to roam the grounds. New England Curiosities offers seasonal walking tours featuring the folklore and ghost stories of Point of Graves, as well as other historic sites around Portsmouth.