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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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Ralston, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Loved seeing the old stones and the designs on the tombstones, but it makes me so mad that people will break or steal the markers. Show some respect for the dead.

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Mts of western NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

You would think this would all be lumped into one site but.... the cemetery is quite interesting in itself and just steps away. The headstones are still in mostly excellent shape considering all the time that has past. Different photo ops abound here if creative. The grounds are well cared for which is good to see. Certainly worth a few... More

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Right by the Witch and Wax museum, the Old Burying Point Cemetery has some very old markers, going all the way back to the 1600's. Some notable figures are Col. Hathorne (great grandfather to Nathaniel Hawthorne) who was the judge over the 20 "witches" tried and executed in 1692 as well as an original sailor from the Mayflower (last name... More

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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

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

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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