Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pet Cemetery

As a child I had heard about a pet cemetery in town.  Never had it confirmed, but recall being told it was at the east side of the cemetery.  Well, it turns out there really is a pet cemetery, but it's actually across the road from the cemetery.

It has recently become public, but unfortunately it is on private property. A friend of mine is spear-heading it's preservation.  It is rather large, and has big and elaborately carved head stones. The family names are recognizable as prominent people in the community.  Because it is a pet cemetery, there are no precedents for preservation. There may be a loophole though.

This property was once owned by relatives of the man trying to save it, and there is a possibility that in addition to pets, his ancestor may actually be buried there. If that is true, then that will help save it.

Fingers crossed.

One of several articles:
http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?p=3400

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hicksite Cemetery scare

I received an email a week or so ago from someone who was concerned about construction in the Quaker pioneer cemetery behind her house.  Fortunately, the construction will be on the property adjacent to the cemetery only.  I don't think the builders would have received permission to build on the cemetery anyway.  Even though it is closed, it is registered and protected.

It's nice that someone was concerned enough to bring this to the attention of organizations that could do something about it.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Just came back from a re-dedication of this old cemetery - 206 years old.  The mayor presented a certificate and a local historian presented two copies of a book on Richmond Hill.  It's been raining since sometime overnight, but it stopped for the presentation.

This land is believed to previously have been a First Nation's burial site.  Several years ago a settlement was found just a block or so south of this location, and the First Nation's prefer high ground for their burial sites, so the current location of the Richmond Hill Cemetery would have been ideal.

The cemetery has an octagonal dead house, one of only a few remaining in York Region.  Each wall is the length of a coffin, so eight can be placed in over the winter.  If it was a bad year, then they could be stacked along the walls. The only other ones I can think of at the moment are in the Aurora Cemetery and the King City Cemetery. The man who built the one in Richmond Hill is from Aurora (my home town).



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dickson Hill Cemetery

Dickson Hill Cemetery was handed over for printing yesterday. This cemetery will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in June.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

St Andrew's - Eversly

Well, another cemetery is for sale. Only $399k.  Fortunately this cemetery is registered, so I don't imagine much will happen negatively.  Someone will probably buy it for the church.

I know one person who was married in the church on the property. Not large grounds attached to the church, and the cemetery is small. Lovely old building.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dickson's Hill Cemetery

Work was started on updating the Dickson's Hill Cemetery.  Apparently they are having an anniversary next year, 200 I believe, and it was suggested that a revision would be nice. Two of us were out there last month to start the updating, and I took advantage of the nice weather on the Thanksgiving weekend to finish it off.

Still have to finish keying it into the computer.  I'm about 2/3's of the way through. Guess I should work on that after I finish this post.  I can get the index done and redo the map and history over the winter. Once the nice weather comes back in the spring, I'll go out and proof it against the stones and it will be ready for publication. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Baker Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

Baker Hill Baptist Church Cemetery transcript has been handed in for publication. Will be selling for $4, same price as Springvale Baptist Church Cemetery, which was handed in a little while ago.

Continuing on Queensville today.