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Old Burying Point (Charter Street Cemetery) Tours

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Old Burying Point (Charter Street Cemetery)
Also known as the Charter Street Cemetery, the Old Burying Point of Salem is the second oldest burying ground in the United States. It is estimated to date back to 1637. Victims of the infamous Salem With Trials were convicted nearby to the site. Jonathan Corwin and Jonathan Hawthorne, who were both Salem witch trial judges, are also buried here. 

As Salem was once a major shipping port for “the New World,” this cemetery is particularly historic. A Mayflower pilgrim, one of the first to enter the United States, was claimed to be put to rest here. The grave of former governor Samuel Bradstreet can also be found. The old tombstones remain in tact and uniquely carved from the 1600s, presenting a bit of history that has been preserved since that time. A visit is an opportunity to learn about colonial era history, including burial practices and the lives of some of the important figures laid to rest here.

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The Old Burying Point cemetery is located on Charter Street in central Salem. It open from dawn to dusk and is free to visit. Visitors are asked to act respectfully.
Address: Charter Street, Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Hours: Dawn to dusk
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