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Robie Street Cemetery

125 Robie Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2008/08/29

Burial marker of Rev. William McCullough, Robie Street Cemetery, Truro, NS, 2007. It is widely believed that McCullough's grave is located on the site of the original meeting house.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007
Rev. McCullough Marker
McKeen burial markers, 1767, Robie Street Cemetery, Truro, NS, 2007.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007
1767 Burial Markers
General view of Robie Street Cemetery, Truro, NS, 2007.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/07/06

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Robie Street Cemetery is a large, treed burial ground located on Robie Street, a main thorough-fare in Truro, NS. The provincial heritage designation includes the land, burial monuments and associated features.

Heritage Value

The Robie Street Cemetery is valued for its cultural, spiritual and historical associations and for its physical features including burial markers, and general layout.

Cultural and Spiritual Values

The earliest English-speaking settlers at Truro were Presbyterians from New Hampshire, originally of Scots-Irish descent. This group is among the earliest of Dissenting Protestants to come to Nova Scotia, following the 1759 proclamation assuring dissenting Protestants religious tolerance and relief from levies for support of the Established Church. Their settlement at Truro is one of the earliest Presbyterian settlements in the province and predates the arrival of the well-known “Hector” at Pictou by thirteen years.

Shortly following their arrival, the settlers established a burial ground and built a meeting house. The congregation that worshiped at this meeting house later incorporated into First United Church at Church Union in 1925 and is perhaps the oldest continuing and first established Presbyterian congregation in Nova Scotia and Canada. While the meeting house is not long extant, the burial ground, established circa 1760, remains in use.

Historical Values

Due to the age of the cemetery, burial markers for many of the community’s founders and active citizens can be found here, the first burial having taken place in 1761. Several notable graves include that of Sir Adams George Archibald, a Father of Confederation and the Hon. George Isaac Smith, Premier of Nova Scotia and later a Senator.

Architectural Values

Robie Street Cemetery contains hundreds of burial markers made with a variety of materials and in a variety of styles, showing the development of craft. The quality and variety are representative of the provincial scope for the same period. The monuments are predominantly upright slabs with several open table markers and altar tomb types. Materials include slate, sandstone, marble and granite. A number of the graves have individual boundaries, marked by period stone cubs, cast iron fences, and posts and chain.

Source: Provincial Heritage Property Program files, no. 272

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of the Robie Street Cemetery relate to its use as a cemetery and include:

- land form including surface contours, discernability for surrounding land and latterly developed sections of overall cemetery;
- pathways;
- mature trees;
- period monuments of corresponding character, design and materials;
- individual grave site boundaries and fences;
- all archaeological evidence of meeting house.



Nova Scotia

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Province of Nova Scotia

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Heritage Property Act

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Provincially Registered Property

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Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type


Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure


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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Provincial Heritage Property Program, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 3A6

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