Everything you need to know about the Burying Point Cemetery in a minute-long video! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information.
Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at the Burying Point Cemetery (also known as the Charter Street Cemetery).
The Old Burying Point (Charter Street) Cemetery is the city’s first graveyard. It opened for business in 1637, just 55 years before the Salem Witch Trials, and is the second oldest cemetery in the country. Additionally, winged “death heads” decorate the graves, which were popular motifs in the 17th century. The symbol represents the ascension into heaven or the flight of the soul. Even after years of tourist bombardment, the old tombstones are mostly intact and supremely carved.
There are about 300 individuals resting in Burying Point Cemetery, including two Witch Trials judges. Unfortunately, none of the accused were interred here. Sadly, most of them weren’t given graves at all. But, just next door you can visit the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, which features the names of each of the hysteria’s twenty victims.
One of the principle magistrates of the witchcraft trials, John Hathorne, lies in a grave on the left of the cemetery. Also, in the center of the graveyard, you will find a red sandstone tabletop tomb. There are the remains of another judge from the trials – Bartholomew Gedney.
To put in plainly, if you’re in Salem, you must see this cemetery. At the entrance of the graveyard, you will find a map of the location. There are also several tour companies that make the cemetery a central stop.
The cemetery is open everyday from 9 AM to 5 Pm and it’s free to visit.
Address: Charter St, Salem, MA 01970
by Salem Joel
Everything you need to know about Howard Street Cemetery in a minute and a half! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information.
Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at the Howard Street Cemetery.
The cemetery is one of the three significant to the Salem Witch Trials. Even if it doesn’t seem to get the same foot traffic as the Burying Point Cemetery, this graveyard has a much darker history. It was officially established in 1801, and it is located next to the old Salem Jail.
Nowadays, the cemetery is famous for being the location of the remains of one of the most notable of the accused. Giles Corey refused to plead either guilty or innocent during the Salem Witch Trials in an effort to avoid having his land confiscated by the court. To try and coerce a confession, the court punished Corey by crushing him with heavy stones. He refused all the way to his last breath. Giles Corey’s remains rest beneath an unmarked grave in the Howard Street Cemetery to this day.
As Corey was dying, he reportedly placed a curse on Salem, so it’s believed that the cemetery is haunted by his ghost.
The cemetery is definitely a little more out-of-the-way than other prominent ones in Salem. Many of the gravestones are faded, so you can barely read the inscriptions.
But there has been a ton of ghost sitings in this place, so if spooky is your things, this is a good place to check out. You can visit it by yourself at any time before dusk or with an organized tour.
You may visit the cemetery everyday, from dawn till dusk.
Address: Howard St, Salem, MA 01970