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The Cavendish Cemetery, on the southwest corner of the intersection of routes 6 and 13, is famous around the world as the place where Lucy Maud Montgomery rests in eternal peace. Alongside her are buried many of her relatives, including her mother and her maternal grandparents, MacNeills all. A sign at the entrance asks visits not to leave artificial flowers.

Approaching Cavendish Cemetery #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishcemetery #latergram


Graves of MacNeills #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishcemetery #lmmontgomery #macneill #grave #latergram


Entrance #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishcemetery #lmmontgomery #latergram
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Prospect Cemetery is different in some noteworthy ways from Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the burying ground that is a natural match for it in size and location. Mount Pleasant is arguably defined by graves of people of British background, sober monuments in stone towering above the lanes. Prospect Cemetery's graves are more multicultural, the graves of southern and eastern Europeans being especially prominent. My eye was caught especially by particular graves, of people of Portuguese background, which were tended to marvelously, bedecked with flowers and grave goods by people who cared.

Manuel Almeida


Antonio Palumbo


Sandy Valinho


Liliana Costa
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The Mount Pleasant Cemetery Mausoleum is a space open to the public, filled with crypts and alcoves and flowers. All the flowers, though, are supposed to be artificial--I saw only one bouquet that had visibly died.

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Last Thursday, together with Facebook's Mark I wandered around Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery. A vast park-like expanse now surrounded by the midtown, when it was created in the 1880s it was outside of the city's northern boundaries. Under the heavy first layer of snow this winter, Mount Pleasant was quiet and at peace.

These seventeen are only a small fraction of all the photos I took here that day. A Facebook album hosts all 115 of the photos I took around Mount Pleasant.

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A Google search for St. Columba Presbyterian Church, located in the unincorporated community of Marshfield to the immediate northeast of Charlottetown, brings up nothing but links to church directories and snippets from Google Books. I know of this church from my years as a cyclist on the Island, as this church and the hill it lies on was the furthest distance from home that I would ever bike.

The church's cemetery is lovely, peaceful despite its closeness to the St. Peter's Road. The monuments to past tragedies--a woman dead at 29, a couple buried next to each other, a monument to unnamed lost children--are in a good place.

St. Columba Presbyterian Church #pei #marshfield #stcolumba #presbyterian #church #latergram


Jane Helena Ferguson, age 29 #pei #marshfield #stcolumba #presbyterian #church #latergram


Sophia Goderey and George McLeod #pei #marshfield #stcolumba #presbyterian #church #latergram


George Stewart #pei #marshfield #stcolumba #presbyterian #church #latergram


Children of John and Margaret Robinson #pei #marshfield #stcolumba #presbyterian #church #latergram


At peace #pei #marshfield #stcolumba #presbyterian #church #latergram #cemetery
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St. John's Norway Cemetery, located on the northwestern corner of Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue in the east end, is a historic cemetery known for housing the final resting places not of Toronto's richest but rather of the middle and lower classes, going back 160 years.

Looking north #toronto #kingstonroad #upperbeaches #cemetery #stjohnsnorwaycemetery


The path #toronto #kingstonroad #upperbeaches #cemetery #stjohnsnorwaycemetery


Tombstones #toronto #kingstonroad #upperbeaches #cemetery #stjohnsnorwaycemetery #tombstones


Going away #toronto #kingstonroad #upperbeaches #cemetery #stjohnsnorwaycemetery
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I mentioned in my Monday Fort York photo post that I approached Fort York not from the east at Bathurst Street, but rather from the west at Strachan.

Into Fort York from Strachan #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #trees #fortyork


As I passed through the park on my way to the Fort proper, the memorial to the cemetery that once stood here becomes closer.

CN Tower, condos and Gardiner #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork #cntower #condos #gardinerexpressway


The Fort York Maps blog notes that some of the remaining tombstones were gathered together into an arch in 1970, and also shares a 1884 map of the distribution of graves on the plot.

From the Military Burying Ground #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #cemetery #fortyork #tombstone


The text of the official City of Toronto plaque provides a potted history.

This cemetery opened in 1860 and was the third military burial ground in Toronto. It replaced one situated a short distance to the west, which was abandoned after a few burials and the bodies were moved to this location. The last known interment here was in 1911.

The following is an extract from Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto, Vol. 1, 1894:
There are about two hundred graves distinguishable by the mounds of earth. In the whole cemetery there are only twenty-eight stones or wooden slabs standing to tell who lies beneath. A few broken stories have fallen; most of them are indecipherable and the rest are nameless. All the headstones are of the simplest and plainest character. There is not a monument or shaft in the yard. On a few graves are simple wooden crosses without any inscription. Here and there is a square picketed enclosure about a grave, the fence in a very dilapidated condition and overgrown with grass, thistles and ivy. But one grave bears token that its occupant is still cherished in memory. The grave is that of Sergeant-Major F.W. Gathercole, of the Canadian School of Infantry, who died at the new fort, Toronto, February 13, 1883, aged forty-two years. A neat marble slab, simple but quite as pretentious as any in the cemetery, bears the inscription that it was erected by his comrades in affectionate remembrance. About the grave the grass and thistles have been cleared away, and four pots of geraniums in bloom had been placed on it. The stone marking the resting place of assistant Commissary-General, John Moirs McLean Sutherland, is broken and down. Everything about the grounds bears evidence that they are seldom visited. The proportion of soldiers drowned among the twenty-eight whose names are decipherable is large. They are John Manley Rattle, Deputy Assistant Commissary-General, J. Ramsey Akers, Ensign in the 16th Regiment, James Walsh, Private in the 30th Regiment, and Corporal John Smeeton, of the 13th Hussars. Several graves are those of the wives and children of soldiers. The head stones range in date, from 1860 down to that of Private E. A. Heath, of the Canadian School of Infantry, who died in 1885, being the most recent. Among the graves is one of Walter Toronto Lewis, the one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Lewis, who died in 1868. The 13th Hussars has the greatest number of burials. At two graves are tiny marble slabs, not over five inches wide and a foot high, bearing simply the inscriptions: "G. M. and G. F. S.". They are evidently remembered, for loving hands had recently propped up the broken and fallen memorials with pieces of wood. Most of the stones bear inscriptions to the effect that they were erected by comrades. But little attempt at decoration has been made on the slabs. Here and there is a flag, a pair of crossed swords, a wreath, a cross, a crown, and other usual emblems of this character all very simply executed. Among the dead who lie here are: Trumpeter James McMahon, 13th Hassars; Rachel, wife of Sergeant-Major William Ross, of the 4th Artillery; Isabella Thompson, Private George Miller, 13th Hussars, and Colour-Sergeant John Hanney, 47th Regiment.

This memorial area was created to preserve the remaining headstones and to commemorate all those who lie here.


The site's relatively ill-recorded history is described by Stephen Otto's essay at the website of the Friends of Fort York, while a near-contemporary record is included in Charles Pelham Mulvany's 1884 Toronto: Past and Present.
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Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery, located off Yonge Street just a few minutes' walk south of the Davisville subway station. It was originally opened in 1876 as a non-denominational burying ground: at the time, only Anglican and Roman Catholic cemeteries were permitted within what were then the frontiers of the City of Toronto. Now home to some 168 thousand burial sites, Mount Pleasant has become a tourist attraction of some note: Mike Filey's Mount Pleasant Cemetery is an excellent guide.

Back in July, I'd the good fortune to tour the cemetery with [livejournal.com profile] lux_apollo and [livejournal.com profile] talktooloose. After too long, finally here's some of the trip's products.

















More will come.
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