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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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  • 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 u...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 Halif...  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.