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Old Burying Ground, Halifax
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A National Historic Site of Canada and a tranquil sanctuary for self reflection, Old Burying Ground contains a large proportion of Halifax's ancestry. Founded in 1749, the town's oldest burial ground now contains some 12,000 plots, with the oldest surviving headstone inscribed with the date 1752. For several decades the grounds were the only burial site for Haligonians and now contain several notable residents, whose graves can be visited as you tread the historic paths. At the entrance you encounter the Welsford-Parker Monument, built in 1860 to commemorate lives lost in the Crimean War. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Halifax holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Old Burying Ground and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • 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 informat...  more »
  • 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. T...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • This place is seriously steeped in history. So many more people are buried here than the headstones suggest. I recommend booking a tour and reading up on a bit since this is one of the oldest in North America
  • This is the resting place of General Robert Ross. He was the guy that burned down the White House during the war of 1812.
  • It's a really cool old cemetery with old headstones. I originally thought titanic victims were buried here, but they're not. Wish there was some more information with historical notes. There's a few signs, but not too much
  • Cool place to hang out. Lots of old graves
  • Picture-worthy attraction in downtown Halifax with a long history dating back to the city's founding in 1749. Information posters by the entrance contain interesting tidbits about the place.