Old Burying Point Cemetery
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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  • PandyPandora
    Harpenden, United Kingdom913 contributions
    Old Burying Point Cemetery
    Be sure to check the opening times for the cemetery before you visit and pick up a leaflet so you know what you are looking at and where to find the graves connected to the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. There is also interesting information about the symbols on the headstones. There are strict rules to stay on the paths so to protect the graves. Some of the older headstones have been placed inside a modern frame to help preserve them.
    Visited August 2022
    Written January 27, 2023
  • HeavnsLily
    Rochester, New York38 contributions
    Add this to your Salem to do list!
    Fascinating place! Opens to the public at 11 am, no admission fee needed. Entrance is just down the street a little from the Witch Trials Memorial. Upon entering, look for the bronze map on a stone at the front of the cemetery before you venture in to give yourself a "whos who" of who is buried there so you can be on the lookout as you walk the pathways.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 1, 2023
  • TWB
    Cincinnati, Ohio2,464 contributions
    Salem To Do
    This was my third visit, and I spent more time walking around reading the headstones than at the last words memorial, which is amazing. Cemetery is well taken care of and not too crowded other than the entrance and memorial. Absolutely worth visiting if in Salem. They offer tours too, that could be an interesting 'to do'.
    Visited September 2022
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Julie F
    New Lenox, Illinois161 contributions
    Old Burying Point Cemetery
    We visited the cemetery after seeing the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, which is adjacent. The cemetery is fairly well kept, with a gravel path for you to walk along as you check out the headstones. We did not take a tour, but enjoyed seeing how well preserved these very old headstones were.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
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Christine
12 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Worth a stop. See some of history. Loved looking at all the old headstones. It is free. In Oct you make timed reservations. There are a few benches if needed.
Written 13 October 2023
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TheDadofOz
Beacon, NY62 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The Cemetery is right next to the Witch Trials Memorial. It's a small old cemetery, but the highlight is the stone of the well known Judge in the trails John Hawthorne. If you're visiting Salem because of interest in the Witch Trials, how can you not make the stop?
Written 11 October 2023
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Lynda S
Erie, PA18 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The history is fascinating. I came because of the Witch Trials Memorial. It's so very sad that these people lost their lives at the hands of those who put themselves into a frenzy over being different
Written 26 September 2023
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TravelingBum10
United States2,709 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The cemetery is next to the witch trials memorial. You can view it all from there. I did not walk inside to look at headstones.
Written 20 August 2023
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Nutsforvacation
Marriottsville, MD32 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This cemetery is next to the witch trial memorial. I believe there is a cemetery visitor center in an old building next door. We did t go in there.
We walked through the old cemetery and looked at and read the old gravestones. Some are so old and weathered that you can’t even see any characters in them.
There was an attendant at the entrance. She said it is not known where the victims of the witch trials were buried. It is very likely their remains were not given a proper burial.
Cemeteries have visiting hours, so I would check times.
Written 30 July 2023
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Julie F
New Lenox, IL161 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We visited the cemetery after seeing the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, which is adjacent. The cemetery is fairly well kept, with a gravel path for you to walk along as you check out the headstones. We did not take a tour, but enjoyed seeing how well preserved these very old headstones were.
Written 30 July 2023
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Just J
Plano, Texas10 contributions
Jun 2023
Such a neat cemetery! We chose to go to Salem to learn more about the Salem Witch Trials but learned they don't want to be known for that part of their history. So it was great to be able to go through this cemetery as well as the Salem Witch Trial memorials right beside it.
Written 27 June 2023
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Lou P
Kansas City, KS320 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
We were unable to enter the cemetery and read the headstones. I have ancestors in this location and was disappointed.
Written 7 June 2023
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OhioTraveler16
Columbus, OH3 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Pros:
-Free
-Gorgeous, well-maintained cemetery with many interred individuals of historic importance.
-On-site guide who is extremely knowledgeable.

No Cons
Written 5 June 2023
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TWB
Cincinnati, OH2,464 contributions
Sep 2022
This was my third visit, and I spent more time walking around reading the headstones than at the last words memorial, which is amazing. Cemetery is well taken care of and not too crowded other than the entrance and memorial. Absolutely worth visiting if in Salem. They offer tours too, that could be an interesting 'to do'.
Written 5 June 2023
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