Old Burial Hill, Marblehead

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Old Burial Hill is an historic cemetery in Marblehead, Massachusetts. It is located on the high ground between Marblehead's colonial-era residential and retail district, called "Downtown" by longtime residents and "Old Town" by others, and the Barnegat neighborhood that stretches from Little Harbor to Doliber's Cove, and is accessible via a walkway at Redd's Pond and a stairway at the intersection of Orne and Pond streets. Old Burial Hill features scenic vistas of Marblehead Harbor and Salem Sound.The burying ground was founded in 1638 and contains many historic Puritan gravestones featuring diverse stone carving artwork from the seventeenth century. The burial ground also contains the remains of a victim of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. It is referenced briefly in the horror author H.P Lovecraft's short-story, The Festival.It was the setting of the daytime cemetery scenes in Disney's 1993 Halloween comedy-drama film Hocus Pocus. The nighttime cemetery scenes, including Billy Butcherson's resurrection, were filmed on a sound stage at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.Notable burials and cenotaphsWilmot Redd, victim of 1692 Salem Witch TrialsGeneral John Glover, Revolutionary War generalJoseph Brown, known as "Black Joe," Revolutionary war soldier, owner of Black Joe's Tavern
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  • Old Burial Hill is a small, old cemetery dating back to 1638. Some of the grave markers are so weathered that they've become illegible. Others can be read easily and bring to mind the old Latin phrase...  more »
  • Went specifically to find some relatives that we knew were buried there and had a wonderful time wandering around seeing truly old graves, some dating back to the 1600s. So much to see and read. At th...  more »
  • My friends and I came here because of the movie Hocus Pocus. One of the cemetery scenes was filmed there. But the cemetery and surrounding area was really nice and peaceful.  more »
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  • I loved this place. My wife and I went in the evening and we were the only ones there. Beautiful view from benches and a gazebo facing the harbor. Bring your walking shoes as it is several steps to get up the hill. We searched around quite awhile.
  • Amazing place. Such history. Amazing view of harbor.
  • Makes me feel as if I'm back in the 1700s
  • This place is so famous, people are just "Dying" to get in there.
  • Beautiful.

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