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Old Burying Point Cemetery

Salem, MA
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Ranked #6 of 42 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Worth the stop, the memorial has an engraved bench for each person who died as a result of the Salem Witch Trials. I highly recommend the movie in the Visitor's Center before visiting for the history. The actual cemetery is the 2nd oldest in the nation, and has headstones that date back to the late 1600's. It is truly sad... More

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North Carolina Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Our 6 year old daughter was pretty bored, but we enjoyed this. The history is sad and fascinating. My husband teaches The Crucible, so needless to say he loved it. I know lots of people get into the witchy stuff at Salem, but I personally find it pretty irreverent. It's hard to find souvenirs that don't have little Halloween witches... More

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new paltz, ny
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Was cool to see in the day when it was part of the Ghost Tour I went on. But after darkness came, I had to walk by the cemetery again! After hearing of some of the people who rest there, and how they ended up there... You definitely get a creepy feeling staring into the darkness! Especially towards the "lightning... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This small cemetery almost smack dab in the center of town is absolutely beautiful. We happened upon it when looking at the museums and decided to walk through. It's open from dawn until dusk and anybody can just walk through and gander at all of the difference in varying tombstones. It's right next to the Witch Trials Memorial and is... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Don't overlook it as you pass by. It's small, but really worth walking through. Some of these headstones date back to the 16-1700's.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a great place to start to learn some Salem history. The Witch Trials memorial is sad, and interesting. It really puts into focus the fact that there were actually helpless people who died during this time. It's interesting to see the difference in headstones then versus now.

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Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Worth the walk interesting to see all the dates and people. Also nice to give your respects to these people.

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Mastic Beach, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was actually one of the highlights of visiting Salem for me. Fascinating to see so many old gravestones from as far back as the 1600s. Beautiful and peaceful. The Witches Memorial at the edge of the Old Burying Point was a poignant reminder of days past. Definitely worth spending an hour of your time here.

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Melbourne, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

These old tombstones were interesting to read! Children, wives, judges, captains, and one was even a pilgrim from the Mayflower! Nice designs on the tops of them also.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Had we not gone with the tour, we wouldn't have understood the vast history associated with this lovely spot in Salem. One of the highlights of our trip to Salem.

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