This green and quiet oasis surrounded by the bustle of downtown Halifax has the graves of privateers, generals, murder victims. Notables range from Major General Ross who burned down the white house to the first ferry operator in Halifax. There are also shipwreck victims and sad graves of long lost children. Captain "Don't give up the ship" Lawrence of USS Chesapeake was buried here with military honours until his family dug him up and moved the body to the US! There are beautiful and spooky grave carvings from the 18th century with winged death heads and skulls and crossbones. All summer, a guide offers free tours, seven days a week from 9:30 to 4:30 - great value, although not well promoted. There are good interpretive plaques explain the art and evolution of this graveyard when the guides are not around. The gates are locked at dusk. It is hard to imagine that this was once the frontier graveyard just outside the town gates, but looking at the weathered stones you can just imagine somber soldiers and settlers gathering in their capes and tricorn hats to inter family members for the ages.
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