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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.
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
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
Prince Edward Island
Province of Prince Edward Island
Heritage Places Protection Act
Registered Historic Place
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Philosophy and Spirituality
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/P6
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