Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday (our 167th). I’m back to classes this week, and with 200+ students, it’s going to be a busy semester. Plus, we seem to have gone back into the deep freeze this week; windy and cold! Last week we visited St. Paul’s Church in Halifax. In case you missed the post, take the peek! 🙂 This week we’re ambling south a few blocks to Halifax’s Old Burial Ground.
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Founded in 1749, the cemetery was originally non-denominational, and the only cemetery in the city. In 1793, St. Paul’s (Anglican) Church took it over, and it remained open to burials until 1844. Some 12,000 people are buried here. Today, only 1,200 headstones and crypts remain. Some headstones have disappeared (disturbing!), and it was not uncommon to be buried without a headstone. Also, some of the graves contain more than one body. I found numerous headstones inscribed with more than one name; many of them being children.
The Old Burial Ground is dominated by the Welsford-Parker Monument. The arch is the second oldest war monument in Canada, and was built to commemorate the Brits victory in the Crimean War (the only one in North America). It is named after two Haligonians, Major Welsford and Captain Parker, who died while fighting in the Crimean War.
The oldest headstone dates back to 1752. The day I visited there was no one on duty, and I was unable to find that stone. However, I did find this one dated 1792. I am amazed at how well the engraving has survived!
If you think you have a long lost relative buried here, you just might find them!
A prominent citizen of the city…
Headstones from the early 1800s.
The final resting place of Major General Robert Ross, who died in a battle where American troops were defeated…(War of 1812-14)
The Old Burial Ground remembers the war of 1812-1814…
“On June 1, 1813, USS Chesapeake, Captain James Lawrence, sailed out of Boston harbour to attack HMS Shannon, Captain Philip Broke. Certain of another British defeat, Bostonians anticipating the evening’s victory banquet came out to sea to enjoy the fight. They were shocked to see that only fifteen minutes after the battle began, Chesapeake’s ensign dropped. Up rose the Blue Ensign; below it, the Stars and Stripes appeared. His captain, severely wounded, his first lieutenant killed, it fell to 22 year old Halifax born Provo Wallis, Shannon’s second lieutenant, to command his ship. The third lieutenant, Charles Falkiner, took charge of the Chesapeake, giving special care to Lawrence, who lay in his wardroom, mortally wounded. The two frigates sailed eastward into the gathering darkness as the disappointed sightseers returned to Boston to report the unbelievable news. Chesapeake taken!”
I think it’s amazing that a 22 year old Haligonian saved us from becoming another star on the American flag!
Halifax’s Old Burial Ground is a National Historic site, and the Old Burial Ground Foundation maintains an excellent website….click here.
Location and Hours
Open daily from sunrise to sunset; free to enter
What are your thoughts on visiting graveyards when you travel? Yay or Nay?
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