Salem will restore Charter Street Cemetery

Salem is preparing to do restoration work at the historic Charter Street Cemetery this spring. Established in 1647, the 1.47-acre burial ground is the city’s oldest cemetery. Planned upgrades will include pathway enhancement, lighting, landscaping, signs, fence repairs, and access improvements. The city also will be hiring an archeologist to prepare a plan, prior to minimizing any impacts to the historic site. Due to the archaeological and restoration work, the city expects the cemetery will have limited public access or be closed for a significant portion of the year. The $600,000 project is being funded in part by a $125,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; $260,000 from the city’s Community Preservation Act revenues; and $215,000 from its Capital Improvement Project funds.


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