ONSLOW – A special ceremony commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Onslow Island Cemetery will take place on Saturday.
A public reception will be held at the cemetery beginning at 11 a.m. and will include a commemorative plaque that will be erected and unveiled during the reception. There will also be guest speakers and refreshments.
The Onslow Island Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Nova Scotia and one of more than a dozen graveyards in Colchester County containing the remains of the Planters from the 1700s. In 1901, an Act of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly incorporated the Trustees of the Onslow Cemetery Company.
To mark this historic occasion, a brief history of the cemetery is being prepared for publication with the assistance of the Colchester Historical Society and Museum. A website is being created at www.onslowislandcemetery.ca . To assist with these efforts and a nod to the historical significance of this celebration, the board of trustees welcomes stories and traditions surrounding this and other burial grounds from lot owners and friends of the cemetery.
To share a story and for further information about the celebrations, contact president Marie McCully Collier at 897-2625 or email info@OnslowIslandCemetery.ca