LISTED ON THE CANADIAN REGISTER: 2009/11/13
DESCRIPTION OF HISTORIC PLACE
Shoal Harbour Methodist Cemetery is located approximately 5km off the Trans Canada Highway (Exit 230A) along Shoal Harbour Drive in a former farmer’s field known locally as Don Tilley's Field. It is surrounded by a wooded area and extends close to the embankment overlooking Random Sound. The site has been assigned Borden Number DbAI-02 as an identifier by the Provincial Archaeology Office. The remnants of a wire fence outline its boundaries. The municipal heritage designation includes that area of cemetery land currently bounded by the remnants of a wire fence plus a buffer of three metres, and that area as far south as the bank just southeast of the burials.
Shoal Harbour Methodist Cemetery has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Clarenville due to its historical, spiritual and aesthetic values.
The cemetery has spiritual and historic values as the oldest known cemetery in the Clarenville/Shoal Harbour area and the first cemetery of the community's Methodist population. The cemetery dates back to at least the latter part of the nineteenth-century. The cemetery is easily recognizable as being a sacred site and demonstrates the importance of spirituality in the lives of the early settlers who established it. The fragmented marble gravemarkers at the site bear both spiritual epitaphs and religious iconography. It is believed that the community’s original Methodist Church (consecrated in 1866 and burned to the ground in 1892) once stood at the front of the site, although this has not been established with certainty.
Source: Town of Clarenville Regular Council Meeting Motion 08-108 July 22, 2008.
- Added: 31 Jan 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2602385
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