Nestled between bustling Bathurst and Front streets is Victoria Memorial Square, a popular place to walk your dog, read a book, and hang out with friends. But what most people don’t know is that the park is actually a cemetery – Toronto’s oldest cemetery, in fact.
The downtown park site was used as a cemetery for nearly seventy years, from 1794 to 1863, according to the Cultural Landscape Society. During this time, he saw hundreds of graves, including many soldiers from the War of 1812.
The first person to be buried in the cemetery was Katherine, the granddaughter of Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, who was only one year old. Unfortunately, a number of other young Torontonians were also buried there.
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The historic cemetery reached its maximum capacity in 1863 and was converted into a park in the 1880s. Its graves were leveled, paths were established, and the 17 surviving headstones gathered along the western edge of the park. A monument to the War of 1812 has also been erected in the center of the park.
Today, there are still hundreds of bodies buried beneath Toronto Park, and you can read a number of plaques, as well as the surviving tombstones themselves, for more information on who was buried. in the oldest cemetery in town.