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Tryon Christian Church Cemetery

21290 Trans Canada Highway, Tryon, Prince Edward Island, C0B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2008/11/10

Showing overview of site with hidden cemetery; PEI Genealogical Society, 2006
Showing overview of site with hidden cemetery
Highlighted site of former Christian Church; Meacham's Illustrated Historical Atlas of PEI, 1880
Highlighted site of former Christian Church
Showing three stones lying flat in a row; Faye Pound, 2009
Showing three stones lying flat in a row

Other Name(s)

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Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/12/01

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This small cemetery is located on the east side of the Trans Canada Highway in Tryon between the intersections of Route 232 and Route 16. The site is now part of a residential property and contains three visible headstones which are now lying horizontally.

Heritage Value

The site is valued for its association with the history of the former Tryon Christian Church.

Tryon Christian Church was located on this property from 1875 to 1910. The church is shown on the 1880 map of the area in Meacham's Atlas of PEI. According to the 1891 Census, the congregation comprised around 50 members. However, within twenty years, the church closed. The Christian Church denomination continues to flourish in Summerside. Tryon familes associated with the church included: Callbeck, Crawford, Lord, Leard, Delaney, McKinnon, Quigley, Bell, Cameron, Francis, Large, and Welsh.

The building was later used as a school and then was sold to Angus MacDonald around 1912. He used it as a barn after he had lost his to fire. The Christian Church used the money ($300) from the sale to erect a new parsonage for their Summerside church.

No cemetery records for the former church survived, but it is believed there were at least ten interments. Many stones were laid flat at some point between 1950 to 1990. Only three of these are now legible (Lord, McKinnon, and Quigley) and these are arranged in a row adjacent to the driveway. The others are no longer visible and are buried in the front section of the property.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/P6

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the cemetery is shown in the following character-defining elements:

- the location of the cemetery on a section of the lawn of a residential property
- the location of the property in the rural community of Tryon
- the three remaining headstones and the potential for others buried on the site

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date

2008/11/10

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Philosophy and Spirituality

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure

Architect / Designer

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Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File #: 4310-20/P6

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

4310-20/P6

Status

Published

Related Places

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