A very appropriate theme for this time of year, the witches of the Salem witch trials are a very demanding topic. They took place in New England during the 17th Century. This was a time of high tensions. Religious extremism was peaking and claims about there being witches were on the rise.
During that time records show that 20 people died during the trials – usually by hanging or crushed by stones when they would not admit to using supernatural, dark powers, and more many more were held in captivity.
Once accused by fellow members of the community, these ‘witches’ received little, if any, respect. As a result they were buried in shallow unmarked graves. In later years many of their bodies were moved to the Burying Point Cemetery in Salem in the Essex County of Massachusetts.
Two of the victims of the Salem witch trials moved to this New England witch graveyard included:
Bridget Bishop – An outspoken woman known for running a guest house and for being vocal about her family affairs. She was accused of being a witch because she didn’t uphold the religious ways required of her.
George Burroughs – He was the only puritan minister executed in the trials. He’d served the ministry in Salem and had gotten involved in the social conflict which could explain why he was targeted.
Other so-called witches were also reburied, but not all of their graves could be found.
Burying Point Cemetery tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NA0aqA86Lw