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Old Burying Point Cemetery, Salem

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Old Burying Point Cemetery by using our Salem tour planner.
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  • We visited on a Sunday morning about 9.30am, but the gate was locked. We could see, from the Witch Memorial, into the graveyard and it all looked very interesting. You get a very solemn vibe from this...  more »
  • We visited the cemetery at dusk on several tours, and on our own in the daytime. Again, the guides are so insightful explaining the cemetery and who is buried there. It is well worth the time to visit...  more »
  • We strolled here after visiting the Salem Witch Trials Memorial since it was adjacent to the cemetery. The cemetery was well worth the visit and it is steeped in history. There was even a gravestone o...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simple and nice. But not much historic information about buried people there.
  • The sadness is tangible here.
  • Old Cemetery, cool to visit !

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Where to stay in Salem

There are a number of accommodations within walking distance of downtown, enabling you to make the most of Salem’s nightlife and dining options. Those who want a room rich with character should look to the outskirts of the city. There you can find a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are in restored century-old homes. A house or apartment rental is ideal if you're on vacation for a longer period of time.
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