Old Burying Ground, Halifax

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#4 of 18 in Historic Sites in Halifax
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. Use our Halifax online driving holiday planner to arrange your visit to Old Burying Ground and other attractions in Halifax.
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  • You can just walk around this place. I think a guide with history would make it more interesting, but still, it was a great sight.  more »
  • Enjoyed walking around the cemetery to look at the tombstones. Some were from the 1700s. Very peaceful.  more »
  • Saga of the sacking of Washington D.C. and interesting gravestones. Not the history we are given in the States. Interesting stop while exploring Halifax.  more »
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  • Really interesting place, lots of history here and there are people around to answer questions.
  • It is amazing how many histories are buried here.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Love to kick a sesh here with my mom sometimes

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