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Old Burying Point Cemetery

Salem, MA
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Ranked #8 of 44 attractions in Salem
Type: Cemeteries
Traveler Description: The Charter Street Burial Ground, historically known as Olde Burying Point is the second oldest *recorded* burial ground in the United States... more »
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18 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Yes, it's a bit trashy, thanks to trashy people who insist on dumping garbage in the corners. But his is well worth seeing and sits right next to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, also worth seeing. We happened in on a warm spring day and took our time to soak up some rays, it really is amazing. Some of the... More

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This place is definitely something that should be cherished and preserved but unfortunately it is just a rundown mess. I think it has the potential to be a very significant historical sight but it has been over run by tourists and they show no respect for the fact it is a cemetery! There are stones there dating 1683!I have seen... More

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Seattle, Washington
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

It is in such bad repair. Beer bottles and garbage in the corners. They need to have someone there to keep an eye on the place, I wonder how many headstones are stolen or damaged by careless and brainless tourists each year.

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Warwick, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Old Burying Point Cemetery has graves of some of the first settlers in the area, including members of the Hathorne family-- made famous by John Hathorne- one of the Salem Witch Trials judges, and Nathaniel Hawthorne (same family; he just changed his name; he is not buried here though). It was raining the day we went, so it was a... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Great historical landmarks and very interesting to visit but it was dark when we were there and we struggled to read a lot of the information, our own fault, we assumed it would have good lighting. Right beside witch trials memorial so you can visit both at same time.

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Senior Reviewer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This is an amazing piece of history. You can see the grave of Dr. Richard More, one of the original Mayflower pilgrims, and John Hathorne, one of the Salem Witch Trials judges. Each of the gravestones is an incredible work of art and piece of history. Do not miss this. I recently went when there was snow and ice on... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

You cannot visit Salem and not come here. It has a great atmosphere and is full of wonderful stories when you stop and read the headstones. Of course, visiting in October we were constantly surrounded by people in Halloween costume but that only added to the place. Tours by well educated volunteers who told wonderful stories of those that reside... More

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Moncton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The graveyard doesn't require much time, but is worth the stopover to check it out. Very educational. Like stepping back in time.

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Hudson, NH
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Thanks to a young gentleman, one of the many volunteers who dress up in period costume, we were treated to a truly educational experience. He pointed out several tombstones: the oldest stone in the cemetery, some people of historic interest, the oldest person who had died as well as the youngest, and prominent Salem families. It was here that we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I mean, this is a cemetery. But in October it is also full of people and kind of a central stop. I consider this a really fascinating place all year round because there are a lot of old New England stories embodied in the stones here. Worth a stroll through if you are in the area.

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