Old Burying Point Cemetery

Old Burying Point Cemetery, Salem

Old Burying Point Cemetery
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Salem’s oldest cemetery, founded in 1637, and final resting place for several notable Salem residents. Located directly behind this cemetery is the Witch Trials Memorial. The cemetery is currently closed for restoration work.
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Louise M
Castle Rock, CO2,827 contributions
Very old cemetery!
Sep 2021
This cemetery, also known as Charter Street Cemetery, is very old with headstones dating back to the 1600's. We found some that were family plots, some with headstones so worn they were unreadable and some that were in amazing condition in spite of their age. We just went on our own but we saw a tour group that was getting the stories behind them. For us, the stories would have been cool if we'd wanted to take the time for a tour, but on our own it was free, so that was a plus.
Written September 20, 2021
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thattexascouple
Fort Worth, TX68 contributions
Historic Cemetery
Sep 2021
The Old Burying Point Cemetery is a tranquil, historic cemetery right in the heart of Salem. It would be nice to take a guided tour to learn more about the people resting here.
Written September 13, 2021
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Laura F
New York146 contributions
Historical Cemetery
Sep 2021
Very interesting attraction. Headstones are very old. The inscriptions are worn and hard to read. It's a self-guided "tour" as you're free to visit the property and explore for as long as you'd like. Worth the visit.
Written September 6, 2021
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Alyssa MK
Austin, TX10 contributions
Must See
Aug 2021
A quintessential Salem cemetery! We really enjoyed seeing the incredibly old gravestones, and the employees were knowledgeable.
Written September 3, 2021
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Kimela1
Easthampton, MA34 contributions
Old cemetery
Aug 2021
Need to stay on the path. Hard to read some of the tombstones. Very old. One way traffic through the cemetery. Look like it had lights in the trees for the night walking tours. A guided walk might have been better. It was a cute fun place to go through.
Written August 23, 2021
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Matt M
Cape Coral, FL482 contributions
So much history
Jul 2021
Don't miss walking through this free cemetery where most of Salem's history is located. The grave markers and the people buried here offer a variety of how things change in history including a Mayflower Pilgrim.
Written August 8, 2021
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,301 contributions
Small yet sobering cemetery
Aug 2021
This cemetery is pretty small, but is an important part of Salem's history, as it dates back to the seventeenth century and houses some of Salem's notable residents, as well as some of the unfortunate victims of the Salem Witch Trials and soldiers from the Revolutionary War. There's also a memorial to victims of the witch trials. This cemetery is calm and quiet despite the number of people who visit it. Due to the history of the cemetery, some of the tombstones are hard to read, but that is to be expected.
Written August 2, 2021
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Lucas K
Amherst, MA21 contributions
Sadly, you can’t wander this cemetery, and instead must remain on a path.
Jul 2021 • Couples
Normally, I love visiting old cemeteries. Reading the inscriptions, trying to make a little sense of what I’m taking in, even though it’s all but impossible to know anything about anyone based on the few words on their tombstones.

Unfortunately, because of the wear and tear of the throngs of tourists that descend on the cemetery every day, every month, every year, the powers that be have decided that we (visitors) must use the paths that they’ve created to navigate through. I get it, the cemetery must be preserved, but still found it disappointing.
Written July 11, 2021
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Courtney
Amherst, MA39 contributions
Iconic. Historic and Beautiful
Jul 2021 • Couples
Iconic, and Beautiful. They gave replanted the grass, cleaned up the debris and have restored some of the stones that had been broken. They now have two staff members on at all times to maintain the integrity of the site and answer questions. Beautiful examples of gravestone art. Gorgeous trees and winding paths.
Written July 11, 2021
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LuAnn O
6 contributions
great
Jun 2021
not to miss, especially the memorial to the people murdered in the witch trials. Very cool. go early to miss crowds nice stroll
Written July 4, 2021
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