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The Myles Standish Burial Ground (est. 1638) is located in Duxbury, Massachusetts. It is the oldest cemetery in America. The 1.5-acre (0.61 ha) burying ground is the final resting place of several well-known Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620, including Captain Myles Standish. The site was the location of Duxbury's first meeting house. It was in use from approximately 1638 until 1789 at which point the cemetery was abandoned. It was reclaimed in 1887 by the Duxbury Rural Society, generating a widespread interest in locating the resting place of Duxbury's most famous colonist, Myles Standish. After two exhumations in 1889 and 1891, it was generally agreed that Standish's remains had been located and a memorial was built over his gravesite. The Standish gravesite memorial is today the most prominent feature in the burying ground. This oldest cemetery burying ground is now owned and maintained by the Town of Duxbury. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. The official address is Chestnut St, Duxbury, MA 02332.