Adjacent to the Burying Point is a memorial to the twenty people executed as witches in 1692: twenty stone benches, each engraved with a victim's name, while the Burying Point itself contains the graves of at least two judges who sentenced them to death. A fitting tribute. Too bad about the wax museum on the opposite side.
October 14, 2008
the burying point
No vacation is complete, particularly during the Halloween season, without at least one visit to a local graveyard, the older the better. Not surprisingly, the old Burying Point in Salem is one of the most popular spots in town. Regardless of their reasons for visiting Salem - historical research or Halloween overload (or both) - most people find their way here at some point in their travels. In October, there is rarely a moment, day or night, when this graveyard is not filled with people wandering amongst the crumbling tombstones, taking part in "ghost walks", trying to photograph ghostly "orbs" as spirits rise from their trampled graves. So, to get some empty graveyard shots, it was going to have to be either early morning or very late at night. Being the dedicated morning person that I am, I of course, opted for early morning.