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The Charter Street Burial Ground, historically known as Olde Burying Point is the second oldest *recorded* burial ground in the United States. Notables include Samual McIntire, Giles Cory's second wife, a Mayflower passenger, and members of the Freemasons.
The graves of several significant figures involved in the Salem Witch Trials, including Justice John Hathorne, can also be found here.
Located just to the rear of Peabody Essex Museum adjacent to the old burial ground, the Salem Witch Memorial is open to the public. Each of this park's twenty stone benches represents a person executed in the infamous 1692 witch trials. This moving tribute has free admission.
The "Witch House," as it is called (it is also more accurately known as
"The Corwin House"), is Salem's only building with direct ties to the
Witchcraft Trials of 1692, and is one of few remaining examples in the
country of a high-end First Period home. The house's most famous
resident, Jonathan Corwin, purchased the unfinished house in 1675 from
Captain Nathaniel Davenport of Boston. Seventeen years later, Corwin
would serve as both a magistrate and a judge in the most famous witch
hunt in American history.
Guided and self-guided tours of Corwin's home explore the architecture, furnishings, and daily life of the late seventeenth-century, as well as Corwin's role in the trials of 1692. Visitors gain a deeper comprehension of the people involved in the witch trials and an enriched understanding of America's early colonial heritage. The house is open from 10am to 5pm from early May through early November.
Call 978-744-8815 for group tour prices and special program information.