Old Burying Point Cemetery

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Central Street, Salem, MA, USA

Old Burying Point Cemetery Salem Reviews

amandalaren amandala…
21 reviews
Loved Aug 08, 2012
Walked around and took lots of pictures. It's super old and a lot is falling over or broken but it was still beautiful. I wish it was not surrounded by buildings but secluded. It was still great to see it. Will return. It was free to go in. Was right next to the Witch Memorial and we spent a long time there taking pictures. It is sort of out of the way of things, but if you go down the artists alley, you come to it at the end. Took pictures at night which was interesting. Go have a look!
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bkretzer bkretzer
69 reviews
Salem's Oldest Cemetery Oct 16, 2008
The Old Burying Point or Charter Street Cemetery, established in 1637, is the oldest cemetery in Salem, MA and the second oldest cemetery on the United States. The Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich, MA is said to pre-date it by three years.

The cemetery is located at Charter and Central Streets is very well kept and obviously has some very old stones. But in addition to its age, it also contains several noteworthy figures. Judge John Hathorne, one of the judges during the Salem Witch trials. Even after it was widely acknowledged that innocent people had been hanged during the witch hysteria, the good judge never apologized or even admitted to being wrong. His great-great-grandson, famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne, changed the spelling of his surname to put distance between himself and his infamous ancestor.

Also buried there is Richard More, one of the original Mayflower Pilgrims. He came over as a boy, and later became a captain of his own ship. He lived into his 80s and called Salem home by the time he died.

The most recent addition to the cemetery is a 20 bench seat cenotaph that pays tribute to the 20 men and women who died as a result of the Salem Witch Trials.

The cemetery is small in size, and flat, making it for easy walking. The prominent graves are fairly easy to find. The headstones are mostly of thin slate, as was the custom of the time. If you recall the cartoons of the Scooby Do era, this is the exact kind of graveyard you would find, complete with the scary looking tree.

It’s free, open dusk to dawn, and is an excellent way to get in touch with days gone by!

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