Old Burying Point Cemetery, Salem

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Established in 1637, Old Burying Point Cemetery is the second oldest known cemetery in the United States, featuring headstones so old that some are crumbling. Look for the burial spot of John Hathorne--apart from being the great-great grandfather of the famous writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, he was also the judge during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Although no one knows where the victims of the trial were buried, a memorial has been erected at this cemetery. Numerous other intriguing people rest here as well, illustrating Salem's eerie and colorful past. Make Old Burying Point Cemetery a part of your Salem vacation plans using our Salem trip planning app .
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  • October 2, 2017
    If you are interested in the Witch Trials this is a must. Take a guided tour where each tombstone can be explained.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    This was a very interesting and OLD cemetery. It's the oldest in Salem. Very somber and many of the stones are so old you cannot read the names any longer.  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    This is about as creepy as a cemetery can be but incredible to see! There is a large tree that you can't help but notice. Apparently, as we learned later on a tour, it was where some people were hung ...  more »
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  • May 22, 2017
    One of the coolest old cemeteries we've ever visited. On a quest to find the oldest tombstones, we were not disappointed. I did not find it 'creepy' as some folks have said, it was a bit sad but historically satisfying. The oldest tombstone we found was 1680! On one end of the small cemetery, there is a homage to the many innocent people who were murdered during the 9 month witch month. Keep an eye out on the incredible iconography that is on every tombstone. It can be accessed by a wheelchair but with difficulty and there is nowhere to sit and rest. Very interesting place to visit.
  • May 9, 2017
    Small old cemetery with a couple note worthy names and a couple plaques just outside about the "witches" who were executed. Nice to walk around for a little while.
  • May 21, 2017
    Simple and nice. But not much historic information about buried people there.
  • June 15, 2017
    The sadness is tangible here.
  • April 13, 2017
    Old Cemetery, cool to visit !

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