250th Anniversary Celebrations
250th Anniversary Photo Album
  Anniversary Slideshow
250 Years of Tradition at Onslow Island Cemetery - from the Canadian Funeral News, March Edition

250 years ago at the Township of Onslow Meeting held on the 13th of September 1763 it was voted, "That the East side of the Island in the Uper Mash be aloued and sequestred for a buring place." (Israel Longworth, Q.C., Truro c. 1880).

Plans to celebrate this remarkable milestone included:

  • Compiling a brief history of the cemetery, assisted by volunteer historian Bonnie Waddell, member of The Cobequid Planters 250 Society and the Colchester Historeum.
  • Erecting a commemorative plaque and viewing/seating site in the cemetery.
  • Holding a public reception and unveiling of the plaque, September 7, 2013.
  • Creating a website www.OnslowIslandCemetery.ca - watch this website for posts and updates about the Cemetery.
  • Cataloguing and preserving, through photographs and software, the o ldest headstones and inscriptions.

Check out the following publications for more details about this remarkable event!

Do you have a story to share?
With a nod to the historical significance of this celebration, we continue to ask lot owners and friends of the cemetery to share their stories and traditions surrounding the burying grounds. Recognizing the wealth of knowledge that our elders possess, we are especially interested in hearing about any local customs that have been passed down through family members. One such tradition highlights the resourcefulness of our ancestors; sandstone and limestone 'doorsteps' were often re-purposed as headstones when the time came to mark the gravesite of the homeowner. This tidbit came to light when one of our trustees, Rod Nelson, generously donated such a 'doorstep', which we hope to incorporate in our seating/viewing area on the grounds. If you have a story to share please write us at info@OnslowIslandCemetery.ca.

Questions/ Comments? Contact us at: info@OnslowIslandCemetery.ca
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