Old Burial Hill (Marblehead, Massachusetts)

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Puritan ministers graves on Old Burial Hill

Old Burial Hill is an historic cemetery in Marblehead, Massachusetts. It is located on the high ground between Marblehead's colonial-era residential and retail district, called "Downtown" by longtime residents and "Old Town" by others, and the Barnegat neighborhood that stretches from Little Harbor to Doliber's Cove, and is accessible via a walkway at Redd's Pond and a stairway at the intersection of Orne and Pond streets. Old Burial Hill features scenic vistas of Marblehead Harbor and Salem Sound.

The burying ground was founded in 1638 and contains many historic Puritan gravestones featuring diverse stone carving artwork from the seventeenth century. The burial ground also contains the remains of a victim of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials.[1] It is referenced briefly in the horror author H.P Lovecraft's short-story, The Festival.

It was the setting of the daytime cemetery scenes in Disney's 1993 Halloween comedy-drama film Hocus Pocus. The nighttime cemetery scenes, including Billy Butcherson's resurrection, were filmed on a sound stage at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.[2]

Notable burials and cenotaphs[edit]

  • Wilmot Redd, victim of 1692 Salem Witch Trials
  • General John Glover, Revolutionary War general
  • Joseph Brown, known as "Black Joe," Revolutionary war soldier, owner of Black Joe's Tavern


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Coordinates: 42°30′39.44″N 70°50′46.46″W / 42.5109556°N 70.8462389°W / 42.5109556; -70.8462389