Old Burial Hill, Marblehead

4.9
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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. Select scenes for the film The Good Son(1993) were also filmed here.
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  • If you are a history buff and want to immerse yourself in the past, this is the place to do it. The graves here go back to the 1600’s , many are not even readable anymore. The ones that are give you.....  more »
  • I love to walk through with my dog. I keep her on lead so she does not go onto the graves themselves! We show respect as we walk around reading the grave stones & looking at the beautiful ocean...  more »
  • very beautiful and historic, and if you're there on a nice sunny day check out the sailboat races on the pond!  more »
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  • Very beautiful. I felt a good connection with the local history by looking at the grave and monuments.
  • 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.
  • Love this place. I’ve lived in the area most of my life... very lucky
  • Love the sense of history you get from the grave stones. Real people who helped set the USA free
  • There's just so much history here, and the graves are so cool. One of my favorite places to visit in Marblehead.

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