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“Fascinng, but you need a guide” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fairview Lawn Cemetery

Fairview Lawn Cemetery
North End, Windsor Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Ranked #13 of 118 things to do in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The final and noteworthy resting place for many of the victims of the Titanic.
St. Catharines, Canada
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“Fascinng, but you need a guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

We were heading out from Halifax so we decided on the way out of town to visit the cemetery where a lot of the titanic victims were buried. Incidentally there is J Dawson buried there.

Anyhow, there happened to be a guide there with 7 or 8 tourists giving a talk, and he saw us so he motioned for us to join in if we wished. He was really fascinating. He explained many of the stories of the various individuals. Unfortunately we had to leave because my daughter had to go the the bathroom something awful, but I would suggest you see it on a tour if possible.

Visited August 2011
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“Worth finding and visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

This is a very poignant place to visit. We thought we would spend a few minutes here and spent over an hour reading the headstones of the Titanic victims buried here and the words engraved on them. 121 of the 1517 people that perished are buried here.

Unfortunately a busload of people were also visiting but we still were very glad we found the cemetery.

This is where a mass grave from the 1917 Halifax Explosion is located. Over 2000 people were killed on that day.

Visited September 2011
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Burlington, VT
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“moving experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2008

As a near life long Titanic buff, it was very moving to finally make it to the cemetery and pay respects to the victims buried there. Being at the graves creates a reality that "the story" itself has difficulty conveying. It was equally powerful to see the steady trickle of cars and other visitors making their respectful way to the gravesite as well.

Also. for those who don't know, the Jewish victims who were recovered and buried in Halifax are in the small adjacent Jewish cemetery right up by the road and a few feet south of the main cemetery entrance. The gates to this enclosure were locked when I was there, but the visitor can see about 10 markers in the back away from the sidewalk similar to those in the Titanic area of the main (Christian) section.

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“a somber place...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

It was a nice place to visit to put a physical connection to a horrible accident. as the other reviewer noted, the tombstones by and large are simple, and there is a plaque explaining Halifax's role. The most touching part of was the grave of the unknown child. Even though science they finally identified the child in 1991, today there were still some childs toys on the grave.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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“Very nice cemetery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2007

This is the final resting place of a number of Titanic victims. There are plaques explaining the Halifax involement with the tragedy and the history of the Titanic gravesites. The location is beautiful but somber. Many of the graves are simply marked with a number (the order in which the bodies were found) and no name. Most notable of the graves are the unidentified babe (who has since been identified) who was "adopted" by the rescue squad and for whom they then held a large funeral. There is also the grave of a Mr. J. Dawson. This person is not that basis for Jack Dawson in the film; however, his grave has been a popular visiting place for teenage girls.

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