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Old Burying Point Cemetery

Salem, MA
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Ranked #6 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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bronx ny
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174 reviews 174 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Small but very spooky! Wish they would have more history about the cemetery itself, like maybe a museum with the history. There were two girls dress in time clothes but they didn't seem to want to actually interact so I didn't want to ask questions

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Argyle, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is one of the oldest burial grounds in the US, and contains some significant graves. However, despite a couple of Park Rangers nearby, and an information board, it would help to have more markers and guidelines to the specific and notable graves. Still, being free, it is a good place for a post-lunch walk.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Part of the Salem experience is the Old Burying Point Cemetery. Between the Hanging Judge involved in the Witch Trials, William Hathorne, to a passenger on the Mayflower and other prominent Salem townsfolk from the 17th Century. The Old Burying Point Cemetery is the second oldest recorded burial site in the US. Interesting that it is unknown how many people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A beautiful tribute to the unfortunate souls who lost their lives to fear and oppression. The wandering hosts (cast members in {sweltering} period garb) were full of delightful insight, information, and sincere affect. Don't forget to tip them!

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Frisco, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Was really neat to walk through and look at the tombstones! It was a little creepy, but really fun! If you're in the area, and like history, stop by and check it out!

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Well maintained, excellent opportunity to see up close what most of us only read about in history books.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My wife and I took a spur of the moment trip down to Salem to see some of the sights, and we stumbled on this one while walking around the city. It was definitely neat to see names that dated back to the 1600's. One of the people buried there even came over on the Mayflower! They have a great... More

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St. Augustine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Stone work for those not included in the cemetery from the period. Very moving. Governor from the time of the witch trials is buried here.

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Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We stopped by here on a ghost tour and I caught more than a few orbs with my camera! Went by again in the early morning and was too creeped out to step foot inside!

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Parlin, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We spent about a half hour walking through here. I believe the guide that was outside told us it's the 3rd oldest cemetery in the US. Some of the headstones really show the wear and tear of the centuries. Some date as far back as the 1600's. Some were hard to read. Interesting piece of history.

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