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Loyalist Burial Ground

King Street, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, E3L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/06/28

Overall view of the Loyalist Burial Ground; Town of St. Stephen
The Loyalist Burial Ground
The Loyalist Burial Ground - Front entrance; Town of St. Stephen
The Loyalist Burial Ground
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Other Name(s)

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/02/12

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Loyalist Burial Ground is a late 18th century cemetery located on the east side of King Street in St. Stephen. It is the final resting place for many Loyalists settlers in St. Stephen.

Heritage Value

Loyalist Burial Ground is designated a Local Historic Place for being the final resting place of many Loyalists and for being one of the oldest cemeteries in the St. Stephen area.

In 1784, by a grant under the Great Seal of Nova Scotia, the Loyalists were granted Garden Lots in the Jones Division. Lot# 13 on the east side of King's Mast Road, known now as King Street, was granted to James Waller, who was an Armed Boatman under the command of Captain Nehemiah Marks. All lots were 6 rods wide and 23 rods deep (30.5m by 115.5m). Captain Nehemiah Marks purchased the lot for 5 pounds and conveyed it to the Rector, Wardens and Vestry of the Church of England Parish to be used as a burial ground. The burial ground continued to be used until 1859 when the St. Stephen Rural Cemetery opened and many of the remains in the Loyalist Cemetery were relocated there.

Source: St Stephen Town Hall - Historical Places file “Loyalist Burial Ground”

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe Loyalist Burial Ground include:
- mature trees, lawn and landscaping;
- cement and wrought iron entrance arch;
- chain fence;
- tombstones.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date

2006/06/28

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1784/01/01 to 1859/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

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

St. Stephen Town Hall - Historic Places File "Loyalist Burial Ground"

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

1157

Status

Published

Related Places

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