Halifax in Halifax Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
The Old Burying Ground
Le Vieux cimetière communal
In this common burial ground lie many of the first citizens of Halifax, their descendants and men of the British Army and the Royal Navy who were stationed here. First opened in 1749, the year Halifax was founded, it was used until 1844. During that period, over 12,000 men, women, and children were buried here; fewer than 10% of their graves are marked.
The graveyard was granted to St. Paul’s in 1793 and the church has maintained it ever since. Unfortunately, natural elements and vandalism took their toll and by the mid 1980s the site required extensive work. Public and private funds were sought by the Old Burying Ground Foundation. A complete record was made of the site (1984), a landscape plan implemented and tilted stones reset (1990-91).
Ici reposent un nombre important de premiers habitants d’Halifax, leurs descendants, et des membres de l’Armée britannique et de la Marine royale stationnés à Halifax. Ouvert en 1749, l’année de la fondation d’Halifax, ce cimetière communal a servi jusqu’en 1844. Au cours de cette période, plus de 12 000 hommes, femmes et enfants ont été enterrés ici.
En 1793, le cimetière a été cédé à l’église Saint-Paul qui le maintient depuis cette époque. Vers le milieu des années 1980 de gros travaux de restauration se sont avérés nécessaires en raison des dommages causés par les éléments naturels et le vandalisme. La Foundation du Vieux cimetière communal a cherché des fonds auprès des secteurs public et privé. On a pu compléter un inventaire détaillé du site (1984), mettre en oeuvre un plan paysagiste et redresser les pierres tombales (1990-91).
Erected by Old Burying Ground Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1749.
Location. 44° 38.613′ N, 63° 34.345′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Region. Marker is on Barrington Street close to Spring Garden Road, on the right when traveling south. 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. The Welsford Parker Monument (here, next to this marker); Mr. John Samwell (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Old Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Old Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); Why Aren’t We Americans? • Pourquoi ne sommes-nous pas des Américains? (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 (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 near the Welsford Parker monument.
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 422 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.