Old Burying Ground
Old Burying Ground
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Established in 1749, this is Halifax's first cemetery.
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PhillyTraveler
Philadelphia, PA47 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
Major General Robert Ross lies buried here, after being pickled in 129 gallons of Jamaican Rum. His body was to be returned to Ireland, in 1814. But the "H.M.S.Tonnant" was diverted elsewhere and he was interred at the Old Burying Ground. Here also, is the Welsford-Parker Monument dedicated to the Nova Scotian heroes of the Crimean War. Some of the interesting graves are epigraph on the Lawson children's tombstone and the Free Mason symbolism on Abner Stowell's tombstone. This small cemetery is a short walk uphill from the cruise ship. A tour guide is available in the cemetery for tours.
Hope this is helpful, and you enjoy your visit.
Written September 21, 2013
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Tanya v
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada9 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Tucked between the old churches and modern buildings The Old Burying Ground (also known as St. Paul's Church Cemetery) founded in 1749 is an historic cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is located at the intersection of Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road in Downtown Halifax. So pretty much smack dab in the middle of downtown Halifax.

I have always had a fascination with history and old cemeteries (the older the better) and personally love taking a leisurely stroll back in time. Let me tell you that this one did not disappoint in that department. Every step I took was out of respect and reflection of days gone by. So many questions come to mind as you wander around looking at the various different headstones. The tombstones and burial sites here are from 1749-1843. So very very old. There's a whole lot of history packed beneath these stones - as in, thousands of bodies buried despite the far fewer tombstones you'll see above ground.

Time has not been gentle on most of these very old headstones.
Sadly a lot of the tombstones were vandalized or destroyed by hurricane Juan BUT It is great to know that now there is an effort to restore them. So As much as you want to DO NOT RUB headstones. This hobby defaces old markers, which equates to erasing historical records that may be important for genealogical research or other purposes.

While in Halifax I highly recommend visiting this old cemetery. It is an interesting place full of history of days gone by. As always I recommend bringing your camera and maybe trying to catch a few ghost on your visit :)
Written August 4, 2013
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Cheryljenn
Red Deer, Canada222 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
I remembered going to this graveyard when I was a kid doing a school field trip and on this visit to Halifax we visited it again. This will be on our “must do” while in Halifax list for years to come. We visited on a mild December day and spent a good 40 minutes just walking around looking at all the headstones. You could definitely spend more or less time here depending on how interested you are/how much time you have to spend. It is free entry but you may have to pay for street parking pending when you visit. There are a lot of very very old graves and they are interesting to check out. Some of them are so old you can’t even read what they say anymore. This would be a great outing for any age as long as you have good mobility. If you are in a wheelchair or have a stroller you will most likely have to stay on the gravel paths. Can not wait to visit again.
Written December 28, 2019
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Lisa W
London, Canada64 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
I have been in many cemetery’s because I just love them. This one is so interesting and absolutely amazing . This was the oldest one I have ever been in. So worth the walk through .
Written July 14, 2022
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Kendot52
Denton, TX389 contributions
Oct 2019
If you're a history buff, this is an amazing place to spend some time. The first burial there was in 1749. Beautiful place to visit.
Written December 5, 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson18,350 contributions
Sep 2019
It opened in 1749 and closed in 1844. During that time, 12,000 people were buried here but there are only 1,200 headstones. Some stones have been lost to the ravages of time and many souls were buried with no stones at all. So, for every headstone seen, there are probably 10 unknown graves'

Who is buried here? Some famous people include the British Major General (Robert Ross) who led the 1814 assault on our American White House and burned it to the ground. He was killed a few days later. But also, it is interesting to note that 4 Indians are buried here, as well as 167 Blacks (in unmarked graves) and the last marker is actually a gigantic arched Monument set in place in 1860.

The Monument to Weisford-Parker (one a Major, the other a Captain) is a Crimean War (1853-1856) victory memorial. These soldiers died in the war. The lion on top of the arch is standing: a lion standing is at war (reclining, it isn't).

Restoration of the earliest grave markers (circa 1749+) is in progress. During the summer, tour guides will assist visitors with respectful and careful looks at the old markers.
Written September 28, 2019
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Bill-Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada156 contributions
Jul 2019
quiet walk about ... interesting histories ... you are not alone when you are here!
So close to the waterfront.
Written September 22, 2019
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Charlene351
Alpine, CA688 contributions
Aug 2019
We enjoy visiting cemeteries and reading about the history. Another great place to stop and say HI !
Written September 20, 2019
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AlisonPaige6
Philadelphia, PA15 contributions
Aug 2019
Loved sitting in this cemetery. Loved walking around reading the headstones. Very interesting history.
Written August 22, 2019
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BigAlks
Saskatchewan437 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
This cemetery was one of the earliest in Halifax. It has not been used for decades but it is well kept and provides a nice quiet spot.
Written July 12, 2019
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