Edmund Freeman, a founder of Sandwich, and his wife Elizabeth are buried here. Elizabeth died on 14 February 1676 and was buried on the hill of the Freeman farm. It is said that Edmund and his sons placed a large stone which in shape resembled a pillion, as a monument for her grave. Another, longer stone was placed nearby, which was similar in form to a saddle. These two large stones are known as “the saddle and pillion” and family tradition tells us that they reminded Edmund of the early years in Sandwich when he and Elizabeth traveled by horseback over the fields of their farm. Edmund Freeman died in 1682 and was buried beside Elizabeth and the longer stone, “the saddle,” was placed over his grave.
At one time these graves were encircled by a stone fence, remnants of which were still visible in the late 1800’s. The beautiful bronze tablets which are presently on these stone monuments were placed there on 22 August 1910 by members of the Freeman family, descendants of Edmund.