The Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery

The Grey County Historical Society Presents: The Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery

This historic Black settlement burial ground dates to the mid-1800s. It served the local community until the 1880s. By the 1930s the site had reverted to a farmers’ field and the gravestones were either ploughed under or removed. Four headstones were found in a rock pile north of the site in 1990 before it was dedicated once again as a cemetery by then Lt. Gov. Lincoln Alexander. In 2015, a memorial pavilion was built on the site to house the stones and commemorate early Black pioneer families. Maintained by a volunteer committee, the site serves to honour early settlers and commemorate their contributions to the opening up of the Queen’s Bush. Come out and learn more about this local historic site.

*** Presenters will be Naomi Norquay from York University and Nancy Matthews from the Grey Highlands Heritage Centre. Please bring a lawn chair.

Wednesday August 17th, 2016 at 1:30pm

Location: Turn West onto County Road 4 at the lights in Flesherton (turn right if coming from the north); turn left onto Grey Road 14 and turn left onto Durham Road B. Destination will be on the left.