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Old Burying Ground

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Halifax
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Address: Corner of Spring Garden and Barrington, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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+1 902-429-2240

Established in 1749, this is Halifax's first cemetery.

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The Tombstones

Believe it or not this Cemetery is 200 Years old if not more. Amazing if you are into that kind of thing however so interesting to see how tombstones were written back then. A... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Believe it or not this Cemetery is 200 Years old if not more. Amazing if you are into that kind of thing however so interesting to see how tombstones were written back then. A lot of the property is under updating so the exsiting headstones don't fall to pieces. Some even from the Titanic! Awesome...on a Sunny day if you... More 

Thank Brewster8861
Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

The graveyard has been around since about 1750 and contains 1000's of graves. The site is being restored but it is still worth taking the time to walk through it. There are some markers explaining the history of the area and who is buried here. If you are not interested in the history, it is still a pleasant place for... More 

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Carleton Place, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

We were walking by and decided to check it out. Glad we did. We learned a lot about who is buried there and it's history. Thank you to those that have tried to restore it. It truly is a piece of Halifax history and it's nice to see it open to the public.

Thank Cambria2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The Old Burying Ground in Halifax was first used in 1749 so its interesting to wander around the ancient graves trying to spot the oldest. 1760 was the oldest that I found. In those days much information was inscribed on the stones so it is a pleasant way to spend a while researching the story of emigrants who arrived on... More 

Thank wherewegoing71
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Situated right in the diwntown core this site can not be missed. The monument at the entrance is a great beginning. This was erected in 1860 to commenorate two Haligonians killed in the Crimean war. The graveyard began when our city began in 1749. 120000 people are buried here and over a thousand headstones remain...some famous.

Thank easterntreker
Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

You really get the sense of Halifax's long Maritime history visiting this cemetery. It's on a busy road, just down from the Central Library. I was told L M Montgomery lived in an apartment opposite it when she lived in Halifax. I don't know if that is true, but it reminds me of the time Anne makes a friend in... More 

Thank ellabooray
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The graves are very old and some difficult to read but worth exploring to see who you can find. I found the guy who burned the Whitehouse. There are panels telling you about the graves and some of the history.

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Port Moody, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This historic graveyard started around the time of Halifax's settlement...1749. Wonderfully maintained and currently undergoing restoration of the ancient markers. Workers are busily attempting to stop the ravages of time to preserve history. With the help of the Old Burying Ground Foundation, they seem to be making positive steps towards preservation. The entrance has an arched monument topped with a... More 

Thank Mellie2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This historical burying ground is a must.. Peaceful and was a little sad as these places usually are.. close to library downtown

Thank Italian1969
Ajijic, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

After seeing the vibrant Library, nearby is the Old Burying Ground, the first in Halifax. It has been closed to new occupants for quite some time now, mid 1850s? Very interesting and thought provoking.

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