More About Old Burial Hill

Old Burial Hill was established in 1638 at the site of Marblehead’s first meeting house. It is accessible via a walkway near Redd’s Pond and a stairway at the intersection of Pond and Orne Streets.


The cemetery has several 17th century stones as well as 600 Revolutionary War-era graves, most of which are unmarked. In 1998, a memorial stone was erected on the Pond Street side for Wilmott Redd, the only person from Marblehead who was executed for witchcraft in 1692.


Also buried here is Mary Gale, the wife of Ambrose Gale and the mother of Charity (Gale) Pitman, both of whom testified against Wilmott Redd. Her epitaph reads: “Here Lyeth ye Body of Mary Galle ye Wife of Ambros Galle Aged 63 Years Decd February ye 5 1694/5.”


Additional note: Scenes from the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus were filmed here.


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Accessible via a stairway at the intersection of Orne and Pond Streets.