Old Burying Point Cemetery, Salem

4.4
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. Make Old Burying Point Cemetery a part of your Salem vacation plans using our Salem trip planning app.
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  • The variety of engravings on the headstones in the Old Burying Point Cemetery is amazing. Considering its age, the grounds are in very good repair. Restoration work is currently underway, but...  more »
  • While interesting to view, it will make excellent exploration when it is again open to the public. You need to view items adjacent, so it is easy to include in your exploration  more »
  • We wished we could have walked inside to see the graves but everything was fenced off. Tip: it's better if you're short on time to go to the Howard Street old graveyard nearby/behind Witch Museum...  more »
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  • This is one of the oldest cemeteries in the US (dates back to the 1600s) and I wish it was cared for better. Many of the tombstones have been damaged, vandalized, and stolen. It's interesting to see the designs on the tombstones (I enjoyed the ones from the 1700s the most) and imagine what life was like for these people that lived there in an era so foreign to us. The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is right beside the cemetery. Come see both.
  • Eerie experience woth all the old Graves and worn-out tombstones.. Definitely fits in with a trip to Salem
  • It's a very interesting place to check out for yourself..
  • Great old cemetery with many historical figures in there related to the witch trials and the history of Salem. There is actually someone that was on the Mayflower buried there, too. Salem was fun to visit in October.
  • Small cemetery where some of the first settlers were buried. The memorial to 19 victims of the witch Hunt is attached from Eastern side.

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