If you are planning to visit the Charter Street Cemetery from Oct. 27-31, please be aware and note the following. According to Salem.com:
“Per Order of the Salem Police Department and in recognition of the City’s efforts to undertake historic preservation work in the cemetery over the past two years and in the year ahead, the City of Salem is limiting the number of individuals permitted to be inside the Charter Street Cemetery to no more than 100 people at any one time from Friday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 31. Entry to the cemetery will only be permitted from the gate on Charter Street. The gate at the Witch Trials Memorial on Liberty Street will be for exiting only. Entry to the cemetery from Liberty Street will not be permitted.
Police and event staff will monitor the number of individuals in the cemetery from 10:00 a.m. until sunset, when the gates are locked and the cemetery closed by law. Only up to 100 people at most will be allowed inside the cemetery on these dates.
In 2016 the City carried out a project to preserve and restore some of the cemetery’s most endangered historic headstones and tombs. $600,000 was subsequently secured from City funds and state and local grants to begin a larger scale preservation project to upgrade the cemetery’s landscaping, fencing, paths, and markers, as well as provide better lighting and wayfinding. That work has completed the design phase and is expected to get underway this winter.
In addition, visitors to the cemetery are reminded of the following regulations:
– Entry after sunset is prohibited.
– Grave rubbing is prohibited.
– Sitting, climbing, or standing on headstones, fences, and tombs is prohibited.
– Open flames of any kind are prohibited.
– Please be respectful of the space: remain on paths only and do not place trash or food on tombs, headstones, or on the ground.
– Theft of objects from the cemetery and vandalism will be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law.”
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