Halifax in Halifax Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
Old Burying Ground
1749 - 1844
First grave dug June 21, 1749
Granted to St. Paul’s Church June 17, 1793
Closed to burials August 18, 1844
Welsford-Parker Monument dedicated July 17, 1860
Erected by Old Burying Ground Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1800.
Location. 44° 38.61′ N, 63° 34.336′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Region. Marker is on Barrington Street close to Garden Spring Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1480 Barrington Street, Halifax NS B3J, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Old Burying Ground (here, next to this marker); Why Aren’t We Americans? • Pourquoi ne sommes-nous pas des Américains? (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Old Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); The Welsford Parker Monument Mr. John Samwell (a few steps from this marker); Carved in Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General / Major-Général Robert Ross 1766-1814 (within shouting distance of this marker); Black-Binney House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
Also see . . . The Old Burying Ground, The History - Old Burying Foundation. A public cemetery receiving burials of persons of many faiths, its capacity was soon tested by a typhoid fever epidemic which killed over a thousand settlers in the winter of 1749-1750. Alarmed by the threat to public health, Governor Edward Cornwallis ordered that "all householders were ... to notify deaths within twenty-four hours to one of the clergymen, under pain of fine and imprisonment. Persons refusing to attend and carry a corpse to the grave when ordered by a justice of the peace were to be struck off the ration list and sent to prison." (Submitted on October 6, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 362 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 6, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.