Every weekend should be a three day weekend. Not only did I get chores done around the house, I was able to have some relaxation time and some fun. On Sunday I headed up to Salem, Massachusetts to check out some sights.
One of my stops included Old Burying Point, also known as the Charter Street Cemetery, which dates back to 1637.
This is Salem’s oldest cemetery and the second oldest in the United States. If you find yourself in Salem, it is on Charter Street and is adjacent to the Witch Trials Memorial. Two judges from the Salem Witch Trials, John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, are buried here. Hathorne was the great-great-grandfather of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The House of the Seven Gables, The Scarlet Letter and other works. It is assumed that Nathaniel changed the spelling of his last name so he would not be associated with John Hathorne. John never repented his part in the mass hysteria. Another famous resident of the cemetery is a former Governor of Massachusetts, Samuel Bradstreet.
Next to the cemetery is a memorial for the victims of the Salem witch hysteria that began in 1692.
Between February 1692 and May 1693, more than 150 were arrested. Fourteen women and five men were executed by hanging. Also, two dogs were hung. Another man, Giles Corey was pressed to death by heavy stones while the authorities tried to get a confession from him. In this park there is a stone bench for each of the “witches” that was condemned to death. I didn’t take photos of each bench, but I took quite a few to get a sense for how many suffered. Three centuries later all of the accused and executed were proclaimed innocent.