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Old Burying Ground, Halifax

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
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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  • I had set aside a full day plus, to tour this cemetery, looking for ancestors and other related individuals. Unfortunately the entire week that we were there, the large iron gates were chained and pad...  more »
  • A solemn place to visit and realize the long history of the Halifax area. It is a National Historic site.  more »
  • A wonderful history of the early settlers of Halifax. Easy to get to, wonderful to explore. If you're into genealogy and are from this area, this is the place to go to check out Halifax's past.  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
  • Love to kick a sesh here with my mom sometimes
  • 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