Charter Street Burial Ground

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  • The Charter Street Burial Ground, started in 1637, also known as "Old Burying Point" or the "Charter Street Cemetery", is the oldest cemetery in Salem. Many early and famous Salem residents are buried here, such as John Hathorne, a judge in the Salem witch trials of 1692 and Samuel McIntire, Salem's great woodcarver. Another famous gravestone is of the only Mayflower passenger buried here, a Capt. Richard More.
  • For lists of others who are buried here, see the links below.
  • The Charter Street Cemetery inscriptions, transcribed by Jeanne Stella, are being published in The Essex Genealogist periodical, starting in 2016 and ongoing.
  • In 2018 the cemetery will undergo a $600,000 landscape restoration. The oldest cemetery in Salem, over the years, the cemetery's stone dust main path has widened and is showing surface compaction. The scope of rehab calls for path-way upgrades and stabilization, major landscaping as well as fencing and in-ground lighting installations.
  • In fiscal year 2016, a $90,000 Community Preservation Act project funded the preservation of 28 head-stones and eight box tombs.
  • In Dec. 2018, a missing headstone of the famed Bowditch family returned to Salem after being found in a Scituate garage.

See Also

  • Vertical File in Salem Collection - Cemeteries
  • Vertical File in Salem Collection - Charter Street Burial Ground
  • "Restoring the Burying Point; Tourist traffic leaves Salem's oldest cemetery looking its age" Salem News, Jun 20, 2017, p.1
  • "Missing Bowditch gravestone found in Scituate" Salem News, Dec. 6, 2018, p. 1
  • "Bowditch headstone returns to Salem" Salem News, Dec. 13, 2018, p. 1