Old Burying Point Cemetery, Salem

4.4
#2 of 15 in Historic Sites in Salem
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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  • Not sure how you rate a cemetery but this one has the history and creepiness factor going on! A definite must see! Went during the day and again after dark. Total different vibes each time.  more »
  • This is a very old cemetary. The grave stones are fascinating to look at for dates and age. It is just a cemetery so not too exciting for kids. We spent 5 to 10 min here just doing a walkthrough.  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

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