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Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Burying Point

1637

 

—Oldest Burying Ground in the City —

 
The Burying Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 16, 2005
1. The Burying Point Marker
Inscription.
Here are buried
Captain Richard More
Mayflower Passenger
Governor Simon Bradstreet
Reverend John Higginson
Chief Justice Benjamin Lynde
Justice John Hathorne
of the Witchcraft Court

 
Location. 42° 31.255′ N, 70° 53.541′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Charter Street 0.1 miles west of Hawthorne Boulevard (Massachusetts Route 1A), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Charter Street Historic District. Marker is in this post office area: Salem MA 01970, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Salem Witch Trials Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Peabody Museum of Salem (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Nathaniel H. Felt (about 400 feet away); Essex County Armed Services Memorial (about 500 feet away); Immaculate Conception Parish War Memorial (about 600 feet away); The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (about 800 feet away); Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Town House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salem.
 
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to Salem Massachusetts. (Submitted on January 23, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Simon Bradstreet grave image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 29, 2015
2. Simon Bradstreet grave
This grave is mentioned on the marker.

2. John Hathorne. Wikipedia article on Magistrate John Hathorne (Submitted on January 23, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Accused Witches
Although Salem is infamous for the witch trials, there are no graves in this cemetery where "accused witches" were buried. Most were hanged, burned or killed by some other form of punishment and their remains discarded.
    — Submitted January 23, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
The Burying Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 16, 2005
3. The Burying Point Marker
Oldest grave in The Burying Point image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 29, 2015
4. Oldest grave in The Burying Point
The oldest grave reads, "Here lyes ye body of Doraty wife to Philip Cromwell aged 67 years Decd. Septr. ye 27 1673"
Map of The Burying Point image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 29, 2015
5. Map of The Burying Point
This bronze map of the cemetery is near the Burying Point marker.
Typical Stone in Graveyard image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 16, 2005
6. Typical Stone in Graveyard
Sidewalk at Entrance to Graveyard image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 16, 2005
7. Sidewalk at Entrance to Graveyard
One of many stones, depicting famous quotes by accused witches during the trials, making up the walkway at the entrance to the graveyard.
This one reads: "Oh Lord Help Me, I am wholly innocent of sin!"
 
 
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