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Old Burying Point Cemetery

Salem, MA
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Ranked #7 of 41 Attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

After stumbling around and following the trip advisor map... we were lost... had to refind our bearings and looked at the map from salem to find this cemetery... Once we were there though... very solemn.. to walk and read some of the accused and hung/pressed names was very sad...

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Posted map of the cemetery helps you locate the graves. Old tombstones have such character, they are definitely worth stopping to see. The wall separating the memorial for the Witch Trial victims really emphasizes out 'outcast' they were.

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pennsylvania, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I like visiting old cemeteries to remind me of those who left us in the past. Reminds me of my own mortality. I spent a few minutes here browsing the grave sites.

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a great place to visit while in Salem. This is where Nathaniel Hawthorne's Grandfather is buried, he was the Justice during the witch trials.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lots of head stones are still readable. It is well maintained and is very Eire at night. The light from the surrounding area lights the head stones up at night just enough to see them. The old house on the corner of the cemetery is pretty creepy looking with lots of windows.

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Many of Salem's early "notables" are buried here. Some gravestones are so old, the engraving has faded. We're talking mid 1600's!

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Worth a short walk through here to peruse a few headstones and get into the whole Salem experience. Seems odd to visit a cemetery, but it was interesting.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

a smallish cemetery of old stones... inscribed with dates of a simpler time - but not an innocent one. This cemetery is deceiving. Yes, on the surface, this is a cemetery... ready to please ghost-seeking guests with an air of "creepy". But next to it is the 1692 witch hunt memorial. Understated and poignant....honoring the men and women who were... More

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are from Salem or a surrounding area you have grown up learning and hearing stories about the Salem witch trials and so on. Everyone knows that the located spot of Salem Ma is not actually where many of the witch trials took place. For the most part Salem Ma is a place that was created to attract outsiders... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

When a friend and I went to Salem for the afternoon she told me we had to go to this cemetery, although it seems like a strange spot for a tourist to stop it was really cool to see the old tombstones of the people that founded the area. One of the most interesting things I took away from the... More

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