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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. 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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TripAdvisor
  • The best part about this cemetery is that it is free to the public and is also very fascinating. This grave site offers a step back in time and is very surreal and haunting to see in person. The grave...  more »
  • Officially called "The Burying Point", it is the oldest cemetery in Salem (dating back to 1637). Our visit there was enhanced by an incredible guide, who expertly shared the cemetery's history and ela...  more »
  • Beautiful historical stones in a an easy place to find I loved the benches set up for those who were unjustly accused and executed  more »
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  • Such a beautiful place.