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Old Burying Point (Charter Street Cemetery)
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Old Burying Point (Charter Street Cemetery) Tours and Tickets

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Also known as the Charter Street Cemetery, the Old Burying Point of Salem is the second oldest burying ground in the United States. It is estimated to date back to 1637. Victims of the infamous Salem With Trials were convicted nearby to the site. Jonathan Corwin and Jonathan Hawthorne, who were both Salem witch trial judges, are also buried here.

As Salem was once a major shipping port for “the New World,” this cemetery is particularly historic. A Mayflower pilgrim, one of the first to enter the United States, was claimed to be put to rest here. The grave of former governor Samuel Bradstreet can also be found. The old tombstones remain in tact and uniquely carved from the 1600s, presenting a bit of history that has been preserved since that time. A visit is an opportunity to learn about colonial era history, including burial practices and the lives of some of the important figures laid to rest here.

Please note: Old Burying Point (Charter Street Cemetery) will temporarily close for renovations during the spring of 2020.

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The Salem Night Tour
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The Salem Night Tour

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When night falls across Salem, it's the perfect time to explore the city’s spooky and sinister past on a haunted history tour. On this top-rated walk through one of America's most haunted places, follow a licensed guide along lamplit streets while listening to legends and true tales of witchcraft, murder, mayhem, and more. Visit sites related to the infamous 17th-century Salem Witch Trials, and hear about the ghostly spirits said to still rattle through the town’s historic homes and graveyards.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Satanic Salem Walking Tour

Satanic Salem Walking Tour

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Salem history from The Satanic Temple! Who the hell are we? Watch the documentary "Hail Satan?" on Hulu before booking and you'll get it! The most unique walking tour in Salem, free from supernatural or superstitious elements. Your tour guide is an expert in occultism, witchcraft, and a member of The Satanic Temple! Surprisingly very family friendly, but for weird families.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Salem Day Tour: Historical Witchcraft Hysteria Walking Tour

Salem Day Tour: Historical Witchcraft Hysteria Walking Tour

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Uncover the gritty truth of what happened in 1692 on a walking tour focused on the real history of the Salem witch trials. Skip the tourist traps and hear about the chilling events of mass hysteria and executions right at the places where it all took place. Visit many historic locations with real ties to the trials, from the Old Burying Point Cemetery to the Salem Town Hall.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Salem Witches and Witch Trials Dead of Night Ghost Tour

Salem Witches and Witch Trials Dead of Night Ghost Tour

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The history of Salem, the notorious site of some of the historical witchcraft trials, is shrouded in misconceptions. Unravel the mystery of the town's past on this ghost tour that takes you to all of the main haunted attractions in Salem while offering insight into the town's history through research and eyewitness accounts.
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  • 1 hour
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Self-Guided Smartphone Ghost Walking Tour in Salem

Self-Guided Smartphone Ghost Walking Tour in Salem

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If you want to explore Salem's haunted history without getting lost in the crowd, go at your own pace with an affordable, self-guided smartphone tour. Simply download the touring app to your phone, and start and stop the tour on your own schedule as the pre-recorded narrator shares the history of haunted locales like the Ropes Mansion, Salem Witch House, and Old Burying Point Cemetery, where many witch trial victims were laid to rest.
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  • 40 to 50 minutes
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Midday Haunted History of Salem Walking Tour

Midday Haunted History of Salem Walking Tour

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Delve deeper into the haunted history of Salem on a daytime ghost tour that provides a family-friendly introduction to the city’s past. Exploring on foot guarantees a more intimate glimpse into the city streets and a cemetery, while a guide brings history to life using humor and stories.
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  • 1 hour
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Requiem for Salem Walking Ghost Tour

Requiem for Salem Walking Ghost Tour

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If you want to connect with Salem's haunted history without any of the fluff or gimmicks, hear the stories right where they all happened on this adults-only ghost tour. Guides don't shy away from the chilling details of dark deeds and paranormal activity at Salem's most haunted locations, from the Old Burying Point Cemetery to the House of Seven Gables and Proctor's Ledge, where the infamous witch trial hangings most likely took place.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Salem On Foot Walking Tours

Salem On Foot Walking Tours

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Get a more intimate glimpse into Salem during a walking tour that focuses on the dark history of the city. Without having to worry about checking maps or getting lost, you’ll navigate the city streets with ease and listen to historical commentary that you’re unlikely to find in the guide books. Plus, you can choose from an afternoon or evening departure time.
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Ultimate Historic Salem and Witch Trials Self-Guided Walking Tour

Ultimate Historic Salem and Witch Trials Self-Guided Walking Tour

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Welcome to the self-guided Salem Witch Trials Tour in Salem, Massachusetts! The quaint and picturesque town of Salem hides a seriously dark history. Over 300 years ago, this was the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, where innocent townspeople were ruthlessly killed for being “witches”. Explore all of Salem’s grim past and present with this self-guided, GPS-enabled, and professionally narrated tour. Visit the poignant sites that still stand as a testament to Salem’s history. Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the Salem Armory, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route for the best experience. No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity! This is not a ticket to attractions along the route. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Historical Salem Cemetery Walking Tour

Historical Salem Cemetery Walking Tour

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Discover the oldest burial ground in Salem on a daytime ghost tour that lets you delve deeper into the city’s haunted history. As well as exploring on foot for a more atmospheric experience, you’ll focus on headstone engravings in closer detail and benefit from the insider knowledge of your guide.
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Private half Day Tour to Salem and Marbelhead from Boston with pick up

Private half Day Tour to Salem and Marbelhead from Boston with pick up

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We will arrange a private pick up from your hotel in the city center of Boston. Alongside your private driver and separate tour guide we will head towards Salem and Marbelhead. Salem is also known as "Witch City" because of the infamous trials that took place in 1692. It was in Salem where the Puritans settled upon their arrival from England and where more than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, most of whom were hanged. In Salem you can see what was a classic New England town. Find beautiful and elegant mansions perfectly preserved. Walking along the waterfront you will reach other historic sites such as the Customs Building, the Maritime Information Center and the Seven Roofs House. After Salmen, we will head towards Marblehead. It is an ideal place for photography lovers. Its harbor is the birthplace of the United States Navy. In Marblehead we will have a view of Abbot Hall. Please note that the total duration of this tour is 5 hours from pick up to drop off.
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Salem Beyond the Witch Trials Dark History Experience

Salem Beyond the Witch Trials Dark History Experience

You might be surprised to learn that Salem has a name that contradicts its image. The colonists chose the name Salem, which is the Hebrew word for peace, for the town in the seventeenth century. Salem, Massachusetts, was a significant American colonial town and a seaside hamlet with a maritime history. It exhibits many of the characteristics we identify with those early settlers, such as a Puritan work ethic, devotion to education, strong links to the community, and a hardiness to weather the rigors of a coastal winter. Of course, Salem is inextricably associated to witches and the 1692 witch trials. Salem has changed from trying to hide its unpleasant past to embracing it, making it a preferred tourist destination for history buffs, seafood enthusiasts, and individuals who are fascinated by witchcraft stories. Join our Salem History Experience and discover everything there is to know about Salem, the witch trials, and beyond.
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Massachusetts Self-Guided Driving and Walking Tours Bundle

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Massachusetts Self-Guided Driving and Walking Tours Bundle

Get the full Massachusetts experience with this combo of walking and driving tours around Boston! You’ll find ten tours in one app - all highly entertaining, thoroughly researched and prepared by local guides. Self-Guided Tours are: 1- Boston Freedom Trail (Walking) 2- Harvard Square (Walking) 3- Boston Ghost (Walking) 4- Salem Witch Trials (Walking) 5- Boston Harborwalk (Walking) 6- Plymouth (Walking) 7- Cape Cod & Provincetown (Driving) 8- Cape Ann (Driving) 9- Battle of Lexington (Driving) 10- Martha’s Vineyard (Driving) This self-guided tour allows you to explore Boston’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility and value. Within 30 mins we'll send you a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and then download the tour inside. Head over to the first stop. Launch the app and simply follow the instructions from there! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience.
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Salem Witch Trials Ancestors & Descendants Tour

Salem Witch Trials Ancestors & Descendants Tour

Salem will be 400 years old in 2026. It is rich in history, including a critical role in the American Revolution and being the richest seaport per capita from 1790 to 1812. And then there is the 1692 Witch Trials. There were 156 official complaints and maybe 200 accused, along with 70 afflicted persons, nine judges, dozens of jurors and hundreds who observed the trials. Calculations estimate that there could be 100 million descendants from the 1692 Witchcraft Trials. Many descendants know but many don't know. Most of them have never been in the public eye. However, many of them are famous and some are infamous. You'll be surprised. This tour will bring you throughout the downtown area of old Salem Towne and will discuss key people involved in the 1692 Witchcraft Trials and their descendants. Perhaps you are one of them.
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Salem Witch Trials Self Guided Walking Tour with Interactive Triva Quiz

Salem Witch Trials Self Guided Walking Tour with Interactive Triva Quiz

Think you know what happened during the Salem Witch Trials? Think again! This trivia tour pulls back the curtain on this sleepy town’s harrowing history. Walk Salem’s historic streets and learn how the witch panic turned friends and family against one another. Get to know the victims, their persecutors, and the unbelievable true story about the town’s dark past. As you explore, you’ll also be prompted with trivia questions to test your knowledge of this infamous era! You can skip the questions if you like. The app will then function as a GPS triggered tour guide. Explore, experience, and learn all at once! Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the Salem Armory, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route for the best experience. The tour is available forever from the minute you purchase.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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General History Winter Edition

General History Winter Edition

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Learn all about Salem’s highlights and history—and see the city at its most atmospheric when you explore in the middle of winter—on this introductory walking tour. Bundle up and meet your guide in central Salem. You’ll learn about the town’s infamous Witch Trials, will visit its cemetery and Witch House, will see highlights like the Old Town Hall, and will even learn about supposed hauntings and spooky happenings.
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HP Lovecraft and the Salem Connection Walking Tour
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HP Lovecraft and the Salem Connection Walking Tour

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HP Lovecraft was a writer who delved in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror. He specialized in the weird that captured the imagination of many of his fans. He loved Providence, RI but one of his other favorite cities was Salem, MA that many believe to be the famed Arkham in his books. He came to Salem several times and used the homes, buildings and the 1692 witchcraft trials as inspiration for some of his tales of the fantastic. Join us for our special Lovecraft History Tour. You’ll learn about the man and how Salem influenced many of his writings and how he references Salem in his books. You’ll visit several locations throughout the city including the Crowninshield-Bentley House, Witch House, Old Train Station location and more.
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Salem: Witch Trials and Beyond Dark History Experience

Salem: Witch Trials and Beyond Dark History Experience

That Salem has a moniker that goes against its reputation may surprise you. Salem, the Hebrew word for peace, was chosen as the town's name by the colonists in the 17th century. Salem, Massachusetts, is a seaside community with a maritime past and an important American colonial town. It possesses many of the traits we associate with those early settlements, including a Puritan work ethic, devotion to education, strong community ties, and a hardy nature to withstand the rigors of a coastal winter. Of course, witches and the 1692 witch trials are intrinsically linked to Salem. Since recognizing and embracing its notorious past, Salem has transitioned from trying to hide it to becoming a favorite tourist attraction for history aficionados, seafood lovers, and those smitten with the tales of witchcraft. Join our Salem History Experience and learn all you ever wanted to know about Salem, beyond the witch trials.
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Witch Trials Walking Tour in Salem

Witch Trials Walking Tour in Salem

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Join our tour guides on a grand retelling of Salem's haunting history - We will bring you to places such as the Essex Museum, The Witch House, and even the Witch Trials Memorial. This tour will provide a historically accurate retelling of the events that took place during one of history's most somber and dark tragedies: the Salem Witch Trials.
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Old Burying Point (Charter Street Cemetery) hours of operation: Dawn to dusk. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.