East Side Interdenominational Cemetery Municipal Heritage Site
St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0K, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
East Side Interdenominational Cemetery covers a gently sloping fenced area of grassy terrain at the base of a rocky outcrop at 315 East Street on the east side of the Town of St. Anthony. The cemetery appears to contain more than forty grave plots, of which about thirty are marked with headstones, which are mainly of white marble. The municipal heritage designation includes the area of fenced cemetery land at the time of designation.
East Side Interdenominational Cemetery has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of St. Anthony because of its historic and aesthetic values.
East Side Interdenominational Cemetery has historic value because it is the oldest known cemetery in St. Anthony, and the only known interdenominational cemetery in the town. It appears to date from at least the early 1840s, apparently coinciding with the period of St. Anthony’s development from a seasonal fishing station into a permanent settlement. The cemetery was used until at least 1957, by which time denominational Christian cemeteries were established in St. Anthony.
The cemetery's headstone inscriptions have value as local historic records, containing genealogical information such as familial relationships and dates of birth and death. The headstones also bear the marks of stonecarvers including Chistlett, MacKim, McIntyre and Skinner.
The headstones are also key to the aesthetic value of the cemetery, as their mainly white marble material and tablet forms are typical of the period during which the burial ground was in use. Other elements which visually evoke that time include the grassy ground cover and instances of low, wooden grave plot boundary fencing.
Source: Town of St. Anthony Council Meeting Motion 056-2008 April 28, 2008.
Those elements relating to the historic and aesthetic value of the site, including:
- inscribed headstones;
- the preponderance of white marble material and tablet forms of headstones;
- grassy ground cover;
- and low, wooden grave plot boundary fencing.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
1840/01/01 to 1840/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Religious Institutions
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Town of St. Anthony
PO Box 430
St. Anthony, NL, A0K 4S0
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