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Victoria Lawn Cemetery 1855

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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
1. Victoria Lawn Cemetery 1855 Marker
Inscription. The first person to be buried on this land was a sailor known simply as Brooks. that year, 1855, when the land was still known only as Potter's Fields, seven others were also buried, beginning the establishment of St. Catharines' largest and most historically significant cemetery.

Officially opened in 1856 as St. Catharines Cemetery, it was unusual in that it was an all-denominational burial ground, virtually unheard of in the 1800s. While plots in different sections were assigned to various religious denominations, all residents, regardless of denomination, were to be buried in the cemetery.

Opening just four years before the outbreak of the American Civil War there was also a large number of Blacks buried in here: in fact, nearly one-third of all burials were recorded as "coloured." Many of these people were buried in the area originally known as Potter's Field.

This site holds some of the most important and influential figures of St. Catharines' history. These graves include Rev. Anthony Burns, Hon. William Hamilton Merritt, and Dr. Theophilus Mack. As well, a number of Canadian was veterans are buried in this cemetery.

This site was originally known as Potter's Fields, and is the burial site of some of St. Catharines most influential historical figures.
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
2. Victoria Lawn Cemetery 1855 and Marker
Ontario, City of St. Catharines.
 
Location. 43° 9.687′ N, 79° 12.177′ W. Marker is in St. Catharines, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on Queenston Street (County Route 81) 1.6 kilometers south of Emmett Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 480 Queenston Street, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R7K6, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rev. Anthony Burns 1834-1862 (a few steps from this marker); In Honoured Memory of the Men of the Township of Grantham (within shouting distance of this marker); Cannon Barrel (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Bollard (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); The Fourth Welland Canal (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); The Welland Canals and the St. Lawrence Seaway System (approx. one kilometer away); Welland Ship Canal (approx. one kilometer away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Catharines.
 
Also see . . .  Victoria Lawn Cemetery. (Submitted on August 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
3. Victoria Lawn Cemetery 1855 Marker
southward
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
4. Victoria Lawn Cemetery 1855 Marker
Northward. The Rev. Anthony Burns marker is just the other side of the white iron fence.
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
5. Victoria Lawn Cemetery
South entrance
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
6. Victoria Lawn Cemetery
Left plaque, south entrance
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
7. Victoria Lawn Cemetery
Right plaque, south entrance
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
8. Victoria Lawn Cemetery
North entrance, exactly opposite form south entrance. Queenston Street diagonally divides the cemetery.
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
9. Victoria Lawn Cemetery
Left plaque, north entrance
Victoria Lawn Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
10. Victoria Lawn Cemetery
Right plaque, north entrance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   9, 10. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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