Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
Carved in Stone
These gravestones were all carved by hand, using chisels and wooden mallets. Many of the old slate stones were quarried and carved around Massachusetts Bay, and shipped to Halifax before the American Revolution. By the 1770s local stone carvers were making gravestones from a poorer quality local slate (or “ironstone”). Most gravestones carved after 1820 are plain, massive sandstone.
The images or symbols can be a clue to age. Older stones show symbols of death-stylized winged skulls (“death-heads”) or winged angels (soul effigies). In the early 1800s the images gradually changed from representations of death to those of bereavement-funerary urns, lamps (of life, extinguished), and sometimes sprigs of willow (weeping).
Toutes les pierres tombales ont été taillées avec le ciseau et le maillet de bois. La plupart des vieilles tombes en ardoise faites avant la Révolution américaine proviennent des carrières près de la baie de Massachusetts. L’ardoise était taillée et gravée avant l’être envoyée à Halifax. Dès les années 1770, les tailleurs de pierre d’Halifax avaient commencé
Une image peut constituer un indice de l’âge d’une tombe. Vous verrez sur les pierres tombales les plus anciennes des symboles stylisés de la mort: un crâne ailé (tête de mort) ou un ange ailé (effigie de l’âme). Au debut des années 1800, les images commencent à représenter non pas la mort mais le deuil: une urne ou une lampe funéraire (symbole de la vie éteinte) et parfois quelques rameaux de saule pleureur.
Erected by Old Burying Ground Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 44° 38.604′ N, 63° 34.36′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker is on Barrington Street just from Spring Garden Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1480 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mr. John Samwell (a few steps from this marker); The Welsford Parker Monument (a few steps from this marker); Major General / Major-Général Robert Ross 1766-1814 (a few steps from this marker); The Old Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Why Aren’t We Americans? • Pourquoi ne sommes-nous pas des Américains? (within shouting distance of this marker); William Alexander Henry (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Old Burying Ground.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.