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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. Make Old Burying Point Cemetery a part of your Salem vacation plans using our Salem trip planning app.
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  • Definitely a must see if you're in Salem Mass. It is closed this year, due to being revamped. Not sure why that would keep it from being open as there were no workers, tools or machinery there...  more »
  • I'm handicapped so getting to the Old Burying Point was a bit difficult with no parking very near. We went early in the morning on a Tuesday so there weren't a lot of people there. It was surreal...  more »
  • 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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