Old Burying Point (Charter Street Cemetery)
Old Burying Point (Charter Street Cemetery)

Old Burying Point (Charter Street Cemetery)

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51 Charter St., Salem, Massachusetts, 01970

The basics

To visit the second oldest burying ground in the United States, choose between an independent visit or a guided tour of Salem. Many people choose both, first wandering through the historic tombstones at their own pace while the cemetery is open from dawn to dusk, then returning during the evening for a guided walking tour of Salem that illuminates more details about local history and the Salem witch trials.

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Things to know before you go

  • Old Burying Point is a must-see landmark for families seeking educational experiences and history buffs, especially those interested in colonial-era history.

  • Visitors are asked to act respectfully during a visit to this cemetery.

  • The main paths of the cemetery are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, but off the main paths, the ground can be bumpy and uneven.

  • An accessible entrance is located on Liberty Street.

  • No dogs, smoking, or alcoholic beverages are permitted in the cemetery.

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How to get there

The Old Burying Point is located in the heart of historic Salem at 51 Charter St. A bus stop at Hawthorne Boulevard and Derby Street is the nearest public transportation option. Some on-street parking is available for short durations of up to four hours. Those looking to park for full days should check out parking garages and city lots such as the South Harbor Garage and the Museum Place Garage.

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A Spooky City Guide to Salem

A Spooky City Guide to Salem


When to get there

This cemetery is open during daylight hours from dawn to dusk, seven days per week, which means that opening hours vary throughout the year. The most popular time to visit Salem is during the summer, but visitors will find less crowds and pleasant, mild temperatures during the spring and fall months.

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More spooky Salem history

Visitors to Salem seeking additional spooky history should check out other landmarks in addition to the Old Burying Point. Be sure to check out the Witch House at Salem, the Real Pirates Salem Museum, the Salem Witch Museum, and the Salem Museum of Torture.

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